It’s that time of year…
When you get a cough that sticks with you… and REFUSES to leave until the weather warms up.
In fact, your entire respiratory tract can take a hit this time of year… especially if you’re buried in snow.
Fortunately, there’s a natural cure for pulmonary problems and other breathing issues – and it comes from the northernmost regions of the former Soviet Union.
The locals there seek medicine from the trees of the “snow forest.”
In fact, they use ALL parts of the pine tree – and not just the lumber to build their wooden bathhouses.
The Russians’ “sauna secrets” ALSO include the needles, sap, and twigs (for “bath brooms”)…
But there’s another pine part they don’t just USE – they actually EAT it.
And I guarantee you’ve NEVER tried it.
It may sound a little weird… or even crazy… but generations of Russian grannies can’t be wrong about this one.
Russian bathhouse secret for better breathing
Now, normally you’d think of those large, dry, brown cones as simply decoration in the holiday season… and downright INEDIBLE.
But you CAN eat some of those cones… as long as they’re harvested at just the right time.
They’re just PERFECT in late spring…
And they’re a key ingredient in a curative delicacy whose reputation reaches far beyond the Russian saunas (or “banyas”)!
According to Russian folk tradition, pine cone preserves can ease respiratory infections and diseases.
And it’s not just the common cold or a cough… but also bronchitis and even asthma.
The key is getting the pine cones early enough in the season – typically in May or June – when they’re still small and green.
These young buds are gathered from the trees before falling on the forest floor… and then boiled (or “brewed”) in water and sugar until they turn into a reddish-brown jam.
How does this sweet treat help heal your lungs and other respiratory airways?
You’ll have to ask the Russian babushkas…
Not surprisingly, researchers won’t sacrifice their Pharma funding to study pine cone preserves.
We do know that pine bud syrup has been shown to be a potent antioxidant, thanks to its rich content of polyphenols and terpenes…
And pine buds are high in vitamin C, which even the mainstream accepts as a cure for the common cold.
Research also confirms that pine – and pretty much any conifer – acts as an expectorant.
That explains why American Indians drank pine needle tea… and why Russians use pine buds in cough syrup as well.
Packaged pine cone preserves are most commonly found in Siberia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia… but you may be able to purchase some online.
Elders throughout the former Eastern Bloc swear by their own homemade versions. You can find some of their authentic recipes online, translated into English.
There are over 125 species of coniferous trees that fall under the scientific name Pinus…
The Russians typically use Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)… although there’s some evidence as to the respiratory support provided by Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) and Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis).
You’ll want to stay away from this natural cure if you have any type of pine allergy – whether to the “nuts” (which are actually seeds), the pollen, or the sap.