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Pine Pollen: Nature’s Testosterone

6-12-14 pine pollen  100If you’ve noticed yellow clouds near pine trees recently, or a layer of yellow “dust” on your car or pond, you’ve witnessed the annual dispersal of pollen by male pine cones. Light and fluffy so as to be easily distributed by the wind (rather than insects), these minute pollen grains containing sperm cells can be found just about anywhere this time of year, including the nostrils of humans. All pines have separate male and female (seed) cones on the same tree. Male pine cones, which produce pollen, are much smaller, occur in clusters, are more papery, and remain on the tree for a much shorter period of time than most female pine cones. (By July they will litter the ground beneath pines before they quickly disintegrate.) Although it may mean a brief period of sneezing has to be endured by those allergic to it, this “golden smoke” not only creates beautifully intricate patterns for us to enjoy and makes it possible for pine trees to make the next generation of seeds, but it is also touted as an agent of increased testosterone and strong sexual libido, anti-aging, skin rejuvenation and improved immune systems for humans. Haste ye to a natural food store (or the closest pond!). (photo – Red Pine pollen & male cones)

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16 responses

  1. Better yet, haste ye to the nearest pond!

    June 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

  2. Nannette Orr

    look familiar?

    June 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  3. AlStoops

    Lots of plants are “touted” to do all sorts of things, but do you know of any actual studies investigating pine pollen’s effects?

    June 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  4. Lianne Moccia

    My mother-in-law told me that using pine pollen in babies’ diapers to prevent rash was very common. I guess that’s connected to the skin rejuvenation claim.

    Thanks so much for your postings.

    June 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  5. Hi Al,
    I intentionally used the word “touted” and the tongue-in-cheek “Haste ye…” statement as you are right, there is precious little scientific research, if any, with pine pollen and humans, so it’s mostly anecdotal.

    June 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  6. Libby

    Does anyone know if pine pollen is also gathered by homey bees???

    June 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    • I would strongly doubt it, Libby, as the cones have no scent and isn’t sticky (being wind pollinated) so they wouldn’t attract insects…

      June 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

  7. Roger Rittmaster

    I suppose the myth of using pine pollen to stimulate libido is harmless, but it is without any scientific evidence, nonetheless. At least it’s better than using the sexual organs of conchs or rhinoceros horns.

    June 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  8. micky

    Now we know why Victorian ladies carried umbrellas when walking through the park. They meeded to protect themselves from lustful trees.

    June 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  9. Yes, indeed!

    June 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

  10. True in NH

    I’ve been told that the particle size of pine pollen makes it an irritant rather than a true allergy. Does anyone know if that is correct? Miserable, either way, but treatment differs.

    June 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

  11. Another terrific entry. Do you know how this compares to oak pollen? That stuff absolutely kills me, even though I’ve “outgrown” most other allergies. I can see it snowing down at my parent’s home, where there are exclusively oaks.

    June 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  12. I honestly don’t know about oak pollen’s potency as far as allergic reactions go, but judging from your experience, I guess it’s considerable. It’s pine pollen that makes me miserable…

    June 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm

  13. Irma Graf

    So well written, Mary!

    June 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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