How to Recycle your Christmas Tree

The holidays are long gone and I still have our Christmas tree “decorating” the living room.

Christmas-tree

Christmas tree

As we did not buy a potted tree this year and we no longer have the yard since we moved into an apartment, I had to dispose of it. Somehow.

Then I thought about somehow recycling it. Since needles can be used as lasting non-toxic room deodorizers, I started gathering. So far, we have three such bowls full of needles and the rooms smell like pine. Hurray!

Christmas-Tree-Needles

needles

Pine needles are also good for making tea or sirup. Maybe we’ll also make some. There’s plenty of needles left.

I have also read that pine needles are good for rheumatism and other bone pains. So, one can wash them, let them in a bowl with water for about 10 hours, then take them out, add boiling water to the solution and add the whole to the bathing water. They also say that taking a bath like this can make you relax and feel better after a stressful day.

Other facts about pine, like:

[…]The Scandinavians used pine branches in saunas, and many cultures stuffed mattresses with pine needles to repel lice, fleas, and other insects. […] Avoid if prone to allergic reactions. Avoid if diagnosed with high blood pressure. Should not be used on the skin of children or the elderly. Be sure to avoid oil from Pinus pumilio (dwarf pine).[…]

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[…]Always dilute pine oil when using. The oil should not be taken by people suffering from bronchial asthma, inflammation of the breathing passages, whooping cough, acute skin disease, infectious disease, heart problems or muscles that are abnormally tense. Oil should be avoided during pregnancy. Side effects may include breathing problems and irritation of the skin and mucous membranes. Excessive use can poison the brain and kidneys. Ingesting oil can cause depressed mental function, depression of the central nervous system, respiratory failure and dysfunction of the gastrointestinal tract. There are no known drug interactions with this herb. […]

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Off the record: Irma enjoys painting. So, we also like to recycle cardboard.

We are all eco and bio and stuff!

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