In the hot summer, bees, in the absence of a bribe from flowering plants, can collect the sweet liquid secreted by the trees. The product obtained from honeydew is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential oils, but rarely found. Instead, you can prepare a recipe for a decoction of needles and other parts of pine, spruce, fir. The most common is the so-called cone honey, which resembles a bee product in consistency. Pine shoots are usually taken for its manufacture.
The sweet dark brown mass with a greenish tinge smells like pine needles, tastes slightly bitter, slowly candies. Under the influence of high temperature, homemade honey from pine cones loses some vitamins, but retains other important substances – trace elements, phytoncides, polyphenols.
Rules for collecting cones
Pines growing near the highway, railway, landfill, industrial enterprises are not suitable for the extraction of raw materials. Trees tend to absorb harmful substances and odors from the soil, air.
Raw materials for making honey from young pine cones according to the recipe are harvested from late May to mid-June. In the southern regions, the formation of shoots occurs much earlier – in the second half of April. The cones are cut from strong, mature pines that are not affected by diseases or insects.
The sweet broth contains many components that affect the metabolic rate, suppressing the spread of bacteria. Viscous honey from young pine cones can be used in the treatment of various diseases:
- phytoncides, due to antibacterial properties, help get rid of tonsillitis, rhinitis, pulmonary inflammation;
- plant polyphenols reduce cholesterol levels, strengthen the walls of blood vessels, improve the quality of blood;
- organic compounds normalize blood pressure, improve the functioning of the nervous, digestive, and genitourinary systems.
Taking honey from pine cones, you can eliminate the deficiency of some trace elements, cope with anemia and other similar conditions.
Daily use of portions of a coniferous product, which is made according to a recipe and stored correctly, increases the body’s resistance to the effects of infections, helps to cleanse it of toxins.
The high sugar content determines the benefits and harms of pine cone honey. On the one hand, the breakdown of carbohydrates releases the energy needed for physical activity, and on the other hand, the level of glucose in the blood rises.
Procurement of raw materials
For medicinal honey, according to the recipe, soft green pine cones are taken, 10 to 40 mm long, without traces of mold and dried out areas. Hardened, more mature shoots, which are poorly pierced with a fingernail or the tip of a knife, are not used. You need to cut at least 50 small pine or spruce cones to make a sufficient amount of the remedy.
Suitable raw materials are put into operation shortly after collection, without waiting for drying. Before cooking, pine shoots are thoroughly washed from particles of debris and dirt.
Pine cone honey recipe
In addition to the main ingredient, you will need sugar, water, and a natural preservative – citric acid. At the first stage, 40-45 pure pine cones are placed in a pot with a lid. They are boiled over low heat, pouring 500 ml of water on top, 30 minutes after boiling. Then for 24 hours the pan is removed in a dark, cool place.
At the end of the day, it is recommended to remove pieces of pine cones and shoots from the settled liquid, filtering gauze through a sieve. Vegetable raw materials, which have released all the useful substances, are undesirable to consume inside.
At the second stage, according to the recipe, 500 g of sugar is poured into the pine broth, put on a small fire for another 2 hours. The syrup is stirred several times until the grains are dissolved, the foam is removed from the surface. When the dark mass thickens, remove the pan from the stove.
According to the recipe, 2,5 g of citric acid (1/3 citrus juice) is added to a hot broth from young pine cones. The viscous liquid is poured into clean jars, sealed and stored in the refrigerator.
Large pine shoots will need to be kept on fire longer. The first stage in this version of the recipe consists of 3 cycles: after 60 minutes of boiling, an 8-hour break is made for settling, and the process is repeated.
If you do not filter the liquid, the finished honey from pine shoots will resemble jam. The remaining raw materials must be removed before taking the product inside.
When treating, adults are supposed to drink 3 g of prescription pine medicine per day for 100 approaches, and children – 20 g each.Each portion is dissolved in 250 ml of warm water (tea), drunk on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before meals … After 2 months of daily intake of honey from pine cones, you should interrupt for 2 weeks.
For prophylactic purposes, the dosage is halved. For a good therapeutic effect, recipes have been created for mixtures of chopped ginger, herbal and berry infusions, bee products with honey from pine shoots.
A decoction with cones is not recommended for children under 5 years old, for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby, as well as for the elderly over 60 years old. The active substances that it contains act more aggressively than the components of a real bee product from an apiary.
During the course of pine cone honey treatment, one should refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages. Under the influence of alcohol, substances harmful to the body are released.
An allergic reaction to the decoction is considered a contraindication. Pine honey is not suitable for treating people with diagnoses:
- Damage to the liver (hepatitis, cirrhosis), kidney.
When taking coniferous honey, you should not exceed the maximum daily dosage indicated in the recipes. If your health condition worsens, you need to stop taking the drug.
Pine honey is similar to sweet bee products not only in consistency, but also in medicinal properties. The herbal decoction is quickly prepared, stored for a long time. The raw materials specified in the recipe are easy to collect. Most often, pine honey is used to treat colds, eliminate problems in the work of the digestive system, and excretion.