For a couple years now I have literally been ‘Pine-ing’ for pollen (I know, it’s so good right).
I followed the rabbit hole a few years back and deeply researched the golden pollen from pine trees and it’s incredible multi-nutrient properties as a food supplement but also it’s potent medicinal properties for hormonal balancing and it’s powerful detoxification potential.
I’ve harvested it in the past but keep missing the peak of the season. Not this year!
Why pine pollen?
It has a complex range of minerals, vitamins and trace minerals (over 200 bioactive ingredients). Some include: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, Vit C, Vit E, Vit D, Beta Carotene, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Selenium!!!!
It is a complete protein (rare in the plant world).
It is a strong support for the body’s natural detoxification processes.
It is a live and vital food (unlike so many of our modern day versions of food). I literally feel more awake, alive and joyful from a dose. Think about the purpose of pollen and how prepped for creation it has to be (it is literally the beginning of the life of a tree). It is LOADED with grow factors for the tree, the surrounding ecology it lands on and us! #natureheals
It gives a total shot gun of antioxidants (including Glutathione the master antioxidant in the human body).
But perhaps it’s most interesting component is it’s androgenic properties. Meaning it contains and supports the balancing of testosterone (though it also supports rebalancing of estrogens and progesterone). Remember testosterone is needed in all versions (to various degrees) of masculine and feminine bodies (in women balanced testosterone gives you better organisms!).
It also contains other support hormones and hormone precursors such as DHEA (which has been called the anti-aging hormone).
This is a huge and powerful medicinal quality in a world ripe with hormonal dysregulation and imbalance. In fact it can be so powerful for increasing testosterone in men that in therapeutic qualities (such as a tincture) is not recommended for men under the age of 20 years!
The pollen is mildly sweet and so easy to add to foods, beverages or turn into a tincture.
Good news is it is easy to gather and Canberra has been bursting with pine trees plump for gathering.
This timely gift from nature is here to burst nutrients into our bodies, fill us with vitality and passion. All in time for the season of emerging, growing and dusting off the depths of winter.
Just dust the pollen from the catkins (male tree parts) into a paper bag to collect. Or just go lick a pine tree for fun.
Go rewild your taste buds!