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Monday, 21 July 2014 08:23

Pine: a species with antibacterial properties

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The pine is an ancient tree that is especially strong and resistant to the most adverse conditions: its resin protects the tree against fungus and insects. It is not by chance, therefore, that mankind has made good use of the curative properties of its bark, shoots, leaves, resin, etc.

Many of its medicinal remedies against stomach and skin complaints, respiratory problems, rheumatic and circulation problems, liver complaints, viruses, etc. have been studied and confirmed scientifically. Even natural cosmetics are manufactured today using substances from the pine.

Diverse scientific studies have concluded that pine wood itself kills germs, bacteria, viruses and fungus. Not only because of its porous structure and capillarity does the surface breeding ground disappear, but also because of its natural biocides: pinene, lemonene, pinosylvins and stilbene. Examples are found in studies by Schönwälder from the Federal Biological Institute of Agriculture and Forestry; studies by Lairetier at Salzburg University; studies by Välimaa at the University of Tampere (Finland), and studies by the German Institute of Food Technologies.

In this sense, wood can be more effective than other alternative synthetic materials (such as certain plastics) which first appear more hygienic, but are not really. In the case of the pine, the heartwood (the wood nearest the pith of trunks and branches) is the part with the most outstanding properties.

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