Widely used in herbal medicine the needles and young buds are used to treat respiratory disorders such as bronchitis and sinusitis. Its antiseptic qualities aids the healing of cuts, skin diseases and sooths skin irritations. There is an old tradition of making a bath preparation to reduce sleeplessness, rheumatics and nervous disability and to ease fatigue. An essential oil from the needles is used to treat asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. Pillows full of the needles or shavings were slept on to cure coughs.
Used by the Druids in making great winter solstice fires to draw back the sun. The resin and needles were burnt as incense to counter magic and repel evil. The smoke was used to cleanse spaces of negative energy. The cones were once carried to increase a persons fertility and was also believed to give old people more vigour. Historically the Scot’s Pine is the totem for the clans Grant & McGregor.