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#7: Pine Tar.
Whereas sap is the naturally produced sticky or hard stuff, pine tar
comes from high temperature carbonization of pine. It's a
distillation of pinewood. Produced by slowly burning pine roots and
branches, you can create pine tar for survival purposes, the way
manufacturers use it for creating soaps and shampoos, including
skin conditions (dandruff).

Here's how to make use of pine tar in prepping and surviving...
#4: Pine Nuts (seeds).
One of the most obvious ways of how to use a pine tree to
survive is to harvest the pine nuts, which are really seeds. Pine
nuts are food for bears, chipmunks, songbirds, and squirrels, and
also for preppers! Another name for pine nuts is, pignolia. There
are actually 18 species of pine trees that produce cones with
seeds in Asia, Europe and North America.Pine nuts are not only
edible, but they are delicious and treasured pantry item of the
Italians. You can and should add this treat to your meals. The
easiest way is to make a pesto from the pine nuts, the Italian
way, but this article shows you so much more.

  • Pesto is basically a mixture of pine nuts and basil. There are
    many varieties, which may add sun dried tomatoes or other
    flavorings, including Parmesan cheese

  • Toasted pine nuts add a nutty and rich flavor to your pasta

Here's how to forage for pine nuts:
Above, Blake and Shane, from sks14project, show you how to make pine
needle tea.

Steps to make pine needle tea:
  1. Gather young, moist and fresh pine needles (Spruce).
  2. Cut needles to 3/4 in length.
  3. Crush the needles to enhance the flavor and get the Vitamin
  4. Steep in boiled water for 10 minutes
  5. Strain through a clean cloth to remove the needles

Other uses for pine needles include:

  • Tinder: Tinder is usually the soft fluffy stuff you need to
    catch the sparks of your fire. Dry pine needles are the
    exception and even better when combined with pine sap.

  • Basket weaving: Native Americans used pine needles to
    weave useful baskets and mats.

  • Mulch: White pine needles.

  • Primitive mattress stuffing. Pine needles can provide a layer
    of warmth against the snow or cold ground. Tuck a layer
    under the tarp.

  • Rabbit feed. It's true: rabbits eat pine needles! That's
    something to remember if you're forced to feed your rabbits.
    Select fresh pine needles. Here's the proof that rabbits like
    pine needles:
Pine and Spruce for Survival
Using pine and spruce cones, pollen, needles, bark and sap...

How to use a pine tree to survive.
Known as the "tree of peace" by Native Americans, the pine tree
offers and abundance of survival uses. Preppers, survivalists and
homesteaders agree in the powers of the sacred pine and spruce
for food, medicine, shelter, fire, and more.

Pine is a source of food for wildlife: Seed is eaten by squirrels,
wood duck, bobwhite, pheasant, and many varieties of
woodpeckers. The seed and needles are eaten by spruce grouse
and turkey. Ponderosa Pine is the State Tree of Montana!

Absolutely, preppers from Montana and beyond should take note
of the wonders of pine for prepping. This article highlights seven
ways to use pine  for survival:
  1. Pine bark ~ the edible portion is the white cambium layer.
    It's a starvation
  2. Pine cones ~ have an edible portion and many other uses,
    including fire starting.
  3. Pine needles and young shoots are nutritious.
  4. Pine nuts / needs ~ October and November is harvest time
    for pine nut season!
  5. Pine pollen ~ the new superfood with immunity boosting
    powers has actually be eaten for thousands of years.
  6. Pine (resin or sap): Naturally produced pine resin or sap is
    great for fire starting.
  7. Pine tar~ Man-made, pine tar

Pinus strobus also known as eastern white pine, northern white
pine, white pine, soft pine, or Weymouth pine have plenty of uses
for preppers. Spruce also. Pine resin has had several uses
including to waterproof baskets, pails and boats and the sap can
be processed to make turpentine.

How to Use Pine in Prepping and Survival
So let's get going so you can learn to harvest your own pine nuts
and know how to use the pine cone for survival.

#1: Pine Bark.
While in the fall, you'll find pine nuts, in the spring you'll find
edible shoots, but  in winter you'll find edible pine bark loaded
with starch and carbohydrates in the white layer that has a bit of
sugar and a bit gummy. If you cook it over a fire and roast it,
then you'll have a nice  Native Americans found the inner bark of
the pine valuable particularly in time of starvation. You'll need to
get the white cambium layer and not the outer hard stuff. Peel it
right off the bark. If not done properly it can be rather bitter or
taste like turpentine. You need to carefully get the inner portion.

#2: Pine Cones.
Pine cones have many uses for preppers:

  • Accellerant  / fuel source. Pine cones are ideal for fueling
    your fire! Some preppers coat pine cones in paraffin wax and
    keep them by the hearth to provide not only a beautiful
    accent to their home, but a viable accelerant source.

  • Fall or Spring food source. Both young and dried pine cones
    can provide edible nuts to harvest. You just have to crack a
    little harder on the dried variety. See pine nuts below, and
    the tutorial film at the bottom of the page.

#3: Pine Needles.
Free vitamins, anyone? The most popular use of pine needles is
as a tea because pine needle tea is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin
C ~ it's both nutritious and refreshing! The starchy green needle
tips are refreshing when chewed, but here is the recipe for pine
needle tea:

  • Pine needle tea can prevent scurvy! Because pine needle
    tea is rich in Vitamin C, it's a survival source for preventing
    scurvy! Pine needle tea is also a rich source of vitamin K,
    vitamin A, beta-carotene,  and riboflavin and thiamine. Pine
    needle tea isn't naturally sweet, so don't shy from adding a
    bit of honey! You'll find pine needle tea is an acquired taste
    and has a bit of a citrus flavor.

    Be sure to select the correct kind of pine needles (spruce) to
    make your tea! You'll want to use the freshest and youngest
    needles and those furthest at the end of the branch.  Spruce
    needles are sharp and square. They prick your finger like a
    bunch of thumb tacks.

    NOTE: Do not drink pine needle tea if you are pregnant as
    the pine needles may have abortive qualities, and likewise if
    you are nursing.

Here's how to make pine needle tea:
Above, John from show how to harvest wild grown pine nuts.

  • Tips: You can use a simple hooked branch to help harvest
    the pine nuts, bringing the cones just out of reach. Heat can
    liberate the nuts from the cone. You can bury them in the
    ashes of small fire to help

#5: Pine Pollen.
Pine pollen is the potent new superfood with immunity boosting
powers, or is it? Actually, it's been around for centuries -- as
Asian cultures have used it since the Han dynasty more than
2,000 years ago. Also a sacred medicinal of Native Americans,
pine pollen

The powder comes from the tiny grains on male cones that
produce a yellow powdery dust that you can collect and use as a
nutritious powder or you can make it into a tincture. Not a
common allergen, pine tree pollen .

  • Pine Pollen Powder ~ contains more nutritive qualities
  • Pine Pollen Tincture ~ an extract tincture of pine pollen is
    high in testosterone (pine pollen contains testosterone for
    androgen/estrogen balance).

#6: Pine Sap or Resin.
In his book, "Hawkes Special Forces Survival Handbook," pictured
immediate right, Mykel Hawke, Captian, U.S. Army Special Forces,
and star of
Man, Woman, Wild on the Discovery Channel,
discusses the benefits of pine resin. He wres that "pine resin
makes good food and glue, and also burns very well." On the
topic of food for survival, Hawke has an excellent explanation of
the ethics and honor of survival and an important lesson on the
phases of starvation that every prepper should read!

Indeed pine sap (resin) is useful in primitive living and important
for survivalists to remember.

  • Acellerent. Spruce sap is great for starting fires! Pine resin
    ignites easily, even in damp conditions.

  • Pine sap for water proofing: The resin / sap is ideal to
    craft waterproof baskets and boats. Modern day primitives
    can also use sap to waterproof boots or moccasins.

  • Pine sap for flavoring foods. Like the maple tree sap, pine
    sap stewed with meats was a favorite of Native Americans
    because it provided a sweet taste.

  • First aid / wound care and healing. Native Americans also
    used the powers of the sap to help fight infections. It was a
    medicinal remedy for gangrene! The resin can provide a
    sticky layer of protection for wounds. Think of pine sap as
    natural adhesive bandage!

  • Turpentine. Pine sap is an ingredient of turpentine, used to
    thin and clean paint and artist brushes and equipment after
    projects. Left is Klean-Strip Green, made from 100%
    renewable resources and derived from pine tree resin and
    denatured alcohol.  Below is a historical picture of barrels of
    pine sap being brought to a turpentine still in Iron City,
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How to use a pine tree to survive
Above is a vintage film from the Department of Anthropology at University
of California at Berkeley demostrating how the Paiute and Washo Native
Americans of California and Nevada used pine.

Happy endings...
Lots of preppers talk about Cat-tails, and Dandelions, sometimes
about pine needle tea, but not so much about other parts of the
pine, including the pine cone!
Now you understand the magical properties of pine and spruce!
On your next nature hike, take a few moments to ponder the
majesty of this sacred tree.

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Above, a primitive living skill, how to make pine tar and all about its uses.

More uses of pine tar...
Pine has many other practical uses for an off-grid life:

  • Use pine tar to get a better grip on your axe. Pine tar is
    useful in primitive living, but did you know that pine tar is
    also has a place in baseball? Major league baseball rules
    allow players to add pine tar to grip of their wooden baseball
    bats. The pine tar allows a player to loosely grip a bat and
    pop it. Pitchers, however, are not allowed to alter the ball
    with a foreign substance, including tar.

  • Wood preservative. Mariners have used wood tar has been
    for more than six centuries as a preservative for wood and

Medicinal uses of pine tar:

  • Removal of tapeworms? To remove tapeworms (flat worms)
    or nematodes (round worms) with pine tar.

  • Healing horse hooves? Any equestrian is familiar with the
    probelm of cracking in horse hooves. Keeping them primed
    with pine tar apparently helps fight fungal and bacterial
    infections. Pine tar provides natural soothing relief for corns,
    split hooves, quarter cracks, "hard frogs" or any type of hoof
    problem. Just the same, consult your veterinarian if one is

  • Controlling Dandruff? Mixing pine tar with sulfur can curb
    the problem of dandruff. Not exactly a survival use, but
    something good to remember about the versatility of  pine.
    (Pine tar mixed with sulfur is useful to treat dandruff, and
    marketed in present-day products.) An easier method is to
    get some pine cone essential oil, apparently in a shampoo
    it's highly effective to prevent a lice infestation.

Pine cones are incredibly useful to preppers:

  • Kindling. Pinecones make a beautiful kindling for your
    firestarter because they catch quickly and have a high resin
    content, they will sustain your fire. Dip them in candle wax
    and you’ll have a nice prep.

  • Scrubber for dishes (if you forget one in your backpack).

  • Roof covering for a survival shelter.

  • Food. Remember pinecone seeds are edible (pine-nuts)!
    Getting at the nuts is hard, because you’ll have to whack it
    with a rock, but they are worth the effort. You can toast
    them over a fire and even bake or boil young ones.

  • Pine cone extract. In Japan, Pine Cone extract is a natural
    remedy to treat illness and disease ranging from the
    common cold to cancer.

  • Native Americans used pine in many ways. Below is a
    fascinating documentary from U.C. Berkeley with complete
    instructions to study at length for survival, particularly if your
    bugout location is in such territory plentiful with the sacred
    conical wonder of the Paiute, Shoshone & Washo. This
    tutorial covers harvest, along with processing for a meal:
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