In many of the survival scenarios we prepare for, we are in some kind of mountainous territory where trees are plentiful. Forests are ideal places to take shelter after a major disaster or some kind of event leaves you fleeing the cities and suburbs in search of somewhere safe to shelter and ride out whatever calamity is happening in the cities.
One of the things you are sure to see in any forest are pine trees. Pine trees are a staple in any forested area and can be found growing abundantly almost anywhere there is plenty of water.
Heading into the forest is considered one of the better choices when you are going to be forced to live off the land. All of your resources are right at your fingertips. Food, water and shelter can all be found in the forest. Pine trees play a huge role in that.In fact, they are so useful, it makes sense your ultimate bug out plan would be to head where there are plenty of pine trees to help you start over, rebuild and thrive.
The following 14 reasons are some of the many ways pine trees can save your life.
1-Pine is a very common wood used in building. It is abundant and fairly soft, which makes it easy to cut down. Building small shelters with pine will provide you with a sturdy place to lay your head while you ride out whatever has befallen you. The wood could be used to build a new home as well. Pine is soft so is best suited to frame walls and such and wouldn’t make a good choice for being exposed to the elements. The pine boughs can be used to create emergency shelters that block the wind, rain and snow.
2-Pine needles are an excellent source of vitamin C. Making a tea with the needles will help boost your immune system while providing you with a great deal of nutrition that will keep you healthy. The tea can be a little bitter, but it is worth getting down.
3-Deep inside the pine cone are pine nuts. These are a meaty, but tiny nut that can be eaten raw or used to add a little something special to a recipe.
4-The inner bark that clings to the underside of the bark on the outside of the tree is edible. It is soft and white and can be scraped away from the bark with a knife. You can slice it and eat it as it is or let it dry out before grinding it into a powder. The powder can be used like you would corn starch and added to soups and stews to thicken them up.
5-Pine resin is perfect for making a long-lasting torch. You can make a torch from the branch of a pine tree. Cut a thick branch from the tree and remove any of the smaller branches that shoot out along the main branch. Cut a small notch at the top of your torch. This is where you will pool up the resin you collect from the trees. You can find resin in knots on the outside of the tree. Use a knife or a rock to open the knot and spread the resin on the top of the torch. If you can collect enough, put some extra in a carrying case or container of some sort to refuel your torch when it goes out.
6-The pine resin is very flammable and can be used with a tinder bundle to get a fire going quickly. When a spark hits the dried grass laced with resin, it will flame almost instantly.
7-Pine resin can be brewed into a tea and drank to help reduce the pain and swelling that accompanies rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been used to treat stomach ulcers.
8-Ancient medicine techniques involved using pine resin to treat wounds and burns by applying it directly to the injury. The pine resin is believed to have antibacterial qualities that can help prevent infection and speed healing.
9-A thin layer of pine resin spread over your skin can act as the best insect repellent when mixed with castor oil and tea tree oil. In the middle of summer, mosquitoes can be atrocious. Because mosquitoes carry viruses, it is important you do what you can to avoid being bitten. Look into the recipe for making a pine resin bug repellent so you can protect yourself from biting, annoying bugs.
10-The pine boughs are perfect for making soft beds. A few layers of pine boughs will keep you off the ground and help prevent the cold seeping into your clothes and chilling you when you are on the ground.
11-Dry pine needles make some of the best tinder. Look under a pine tree and collect the brown needles that have fallen. If a fire is fading, adding a handful of dry needles will make it flame up and bring it back to life.
12-Pine pitch glue requires a little more work than simply scraping the resin, but it is a very useful tool in making fishing equipment, fletching arrows, patching holes in a tarp and even as a way to waterproof your shoes and gear. Research how to make the glue and commit it to memory.
13-Pine trees make excellent emergency shelters. The thick boughs create a space around the base of the tree that remains relatively dry. If you need somewhere to get out of the rain, snow or even strong winds, the shelter under the tree is quite good. Adding a tarp or emergency blanket around the sides provides you with somewhere to get out of the weather.
14-Pine trees shed wood throughout the year. The dead limbs that litter the ground are perfect for burning in a fire. Pine wood isn’t exactly ideal for producing a hot, long lasting fire, but it does burn easily. If you are trying to make a signal fire, burning the dry stuff to get the fire hot and then adding some green pine boughs will produce a thick, white smoke that will alert rescuers to your location.