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03-24-2005, 04:44 PM
I was looking arund at wheat grass juicers ,and found this -can you juice /consume pine needles?
qauote from greenstar juicer add-
"Juices Leafy Vegetables with Tough Fiber
Make chlorophyll-high juice from wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa and other grasses. Extract juice from pine needles, therapeutic herbs, fibrous plants, pulpy fruits and leafy vegetables. The Greenstar does all of the above and a whole lot more! It's full complement of time and money saving practical accessories will allow you to make mochi (oriental rice cakes), baby food, and desserts including delicious frozen fruit sorbet. The Greenstar Juice Extractor is by far the most versatile juicer on the market today. If you are considering a juice therapy program or you find that your present juicer simply can't do what you need it to do, why not try Greenstar? You won't be disappointed"
03-24-2005, 05:09 PM
"Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, in developing "Green Magma," a popular stateside supplement, experimented with over 200 chlorophyll loaded types of vegetation, including some of the more famous Chinese herbs, before finely settling on barley grass as the richest, most resistant to varmints, easiest to grow, and to convert to powder or pill form.
Pine needles were included. Chief objection, if I remember correctly, was taste. If you decide to go for it, by all means use apple or at least carrot to sweeten the mix. I highly recommend at least a 10 to 1 ratio to start with, minimum, unless your pine needles taste better then ours."
In reply by zeno to similar question on the living and raw foods forum found here:
"Pine may just be a popular Christmas tree to you, but to Indians, pioneers, mountain men and hikers, the tree has been a source of nutrition, medicine and at times a lifesaver. All pines share basically the same medicinal qualities. However the main medicinal varieties are scotch pine and white pine. The parts of the tree that are highly medicinal are the needles, inner bark and sap. Pine needle tea is high in vitamins A and C. In fact the fresh green needles have five times the amount of vitamin C found in one lemon. Throughout the centuries, people have literally survived on pine-needle tea as well as cured themselves of scurvy by drinking a tea of both the needles and inner bark of the pine tree."
Found here: http://www.zetatalk.com/food/tfood07p.htm
"Pine Needle was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to treat respiratory problems and muscular aches. It promotes a healthy immune and musculoskeletal system. Distilled in Austria from the finest pines, Pine Needle can be diffused to help strengthen the respiratory tract and maintain sinus passages. When massaged into the skin, Pine Needle supports healthy circulation and soothes the discomfort of sore joints and muscles. A true disinfectant, a strong germ killer, excellent for viral infections and for muscular aches, rheumatism and arthritis.
Found here: http://www.personalhealthfacts.com/aromatherapy/pine-needle.html in reference to essential oil. I'm sure the juice can also be used topically. The essential oil must be diluted with massage oil. Use wisely.
Pine needle juice has also been used as a "binding medicine" for diarrhea in cattle.
Found here: http://www.fftc.agnet.org/library/article/bc50004.html
Hope this helps!
03-24-2005, 05:15 PM
check this out: *** The inner bark from Pines is also edible. Some species taste better than others, and all are quite chewy. Anytime of year this inner bark can be peeled in strips, dried, and ground into a meal or flour, or eaten raw. from: http://www.hillcrestadventist.org/awm/plants.html
btw (if you've not already seen my previous post)> if you are just looking for a straight wheatgrass juicer ~ which also juices other veggies (especially greens) we've got some on order which we will be selling for $34.95. Here they are: http://healthyjuicer.com/ Check out the vid. Too cute! :)
03-24-2005, 05:44 PM
oh cool, thanks guys!!:)
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