Piñon Pine Resin

Pinus edulis

cleansing. warming. strengthening.


Piñon oleoresin is sacred and used for a number of applications for healing and religious ceremonies by the indigenous people of North America Native American. Piñon is wonderfully refreshing and adept at strengthening a weary spirit; also effective when burnt before + during meditation to increase focus. 


Scent - soft, sweet, clarifying

Application - incense, perfumery, medicinal 

Source - Utah. wildcrafted

Correspondence - Pluto/Mars


Piñon oleoresin’s antimicrobial properties recommend it as an anti-infective, as its terpene compounds are both antibacterial and antifungal. These actions make it particularly valuable as a topical application in poultice or salve form to help stave off infection in scrapes and wounds. Due to its warming and stimulating nature, pine resin salve can also be used as a soothing and warming rub for sore muscles and painful joints.




Basic Piñon Pine Salve


¼ cup pine resin
½ cup oil (olive, almond, etc.)
½ – 1 ounce beeswax (or plant based wax of your choosing), grated



  • Add pine resin to oil in a simmering double boiler. Heat together on low heat until pine resin melts.
  • Strain mixture through a coffee filter or strainer.
  • Return to double boiler and add grated beeswax/plant wax. Gently heat until mixture is melted. Pour into tins or jars and store in a cool, dark place.


This is the basic pine resin salve recipe, but note that you could substitute herb-infused oils in order to incorporate more vulnerary and antimicrobial herbs to support the wound healing process. There is certainly room to tweak this formula to your own needs.


* Recipe provided by The Herbal Academy





Information offered here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. As always, we advise you to do your own research + apply your own judgment concerning the safety and usage of any herbs or plant extracts.


Piñon Pine Resin


Resins will not burn on their own, they will require heat from either an oil burner or charcoal disk.

▵ using an oil burner releases much more of the true aroma of the resin than charcoal disks and also creates far less smoke. Place a piece of foil in the well of your oil burner and lay a small piece of resin on top; this prevents lots of mess and cleaning after use. Electric oil burners also work well.
▿ Never leave an oil burner un-attended. Keep out of reach of children.

▵ Fill your charcoal burner 3/4 full with sand or rocks to absorb some of the heat. Then place your burner on a heat resistant surface. Using tongs to hold the charcoal tablet, light it following the instructions provided with your charcoal. Place the hot charcoal onto the bed of sand inside your charcoal burner and allow the charcoal 5-15 minutes to fully come to temperature, indicated by a layer of ash forming on the tablet before carefully adding the desired quantity of resin to the top of the hot disk. 

▿ Never leave a charcoal burner un-attended. Keep out of reach of children.




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