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The Amazing Medicine of the Pines ~ Uses, Medicine Making, Hydrosol Distillation

The Amazing Medicine of the Pines ~ Uses, Medicine Making, Hydrosol Distillation

  • WHEN:  October 21, 2023
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • FEE:  $115.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Suzanne Tabert
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Sandpoint, ID

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

Conifers have an affinity for the lungs, containing the medicine in their leaves and bark in the form of terpenes and resins that stimulate the immune system and are antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, expectorant, and bronchial stimulating for easier breathing.

Plants create chemicals for many reasons, including defense and attraction. They are unable to move away from a predator or go to the doctor if they fall ill. Having their own sentience, plants will synthesize chemicals that repel or kill insects and animals feeding on them, and effectively deal with viral, bacterial and fungal infections, even cancer. In fact, plants share information with each other. Not just one tree to another of the same species, but interspecies. Trees will share nutrients via their roots, which reach out to the roots of other plants. An older tree will share nutrients with young trees, affording them a better chance at growing to maturity. Cool beans, huh!

From the bark and leaves/needles, students will gain an understanding of how to utilize the medicine of the pines in many ways. One of the mottos at the Cedar Mountain Herb School is “get the medicine to the people in ways that they’ll enjoy taking, so that healing can occur.”

In our work with the ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, we’ll delve into the constituents of this majestic tree, and why and when they make them. And best yet, how we can use their medicine to add to our herbal apothecaries.

Some of the medicine made will be demonstration, some the students will make to take home. With every remedy made either by me or you, you’ll take home!

Our exploration of remedies will include:

  • Pine hydrosol distillation ~ including how to use it on the body and as a household cleaner
  • A sweet smelling super moisturizing and antibacterial pine cream which will include pine tar
  • Pine honey with citrus and ginger ~ it will change your life!
  • Pine resin/pitch ~ how to utilize the pitch in body care

It’s really amazing how much medicine is in the pines and how versatile a plant they are!

Be sure to register for our other Sandpoint-area Autumn Workshops:


We will meet at Suzanne’s farmlet in Sandpoint (address and directions will be emailed after enrollment). The workshop is open to registered students only. Please do not bring unregistered guests, pets or children.

We’ll have a tour of the property and garden, then will spend most of the day’s lesson on my covered sanctuary patio, creating remedies. Sound good?

What to bring:

  • 2 clean pint jars – make sure they’ve been thoroughly cleaned
  • a 4 ounce jelly jar
  • a pint of honey
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, a grapefruit or citrus of choice – organic
  • cutting board and chopping knife
  • a pair of scissors
  • snack/beverage/notebook
  • your sweet selves!
WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.