Regarding pine cones- I used the new ones, they were green
and had opaque blobs of what i thought was resin or sap? seeping
out. Very sticky, aromatic. I live on what you might call a pine farm-
various pines planted in various stages, some large stands and
some smaller, and smaller...many different kinds. The pines are
planted mainly out of care for the land, not really for farming them.
I have no experience yet obtaining pine pitch which Joyce Wardell
recommends (how to get it? is pitch the same as the white sap?
but I am interested. I cut down some bunches of cypress cones,
or maybe they were a berry- they are green, and turned that
into a tincture. I have no precendent for why- for all I know its
not a good idea, but they seemed aromatic and attractive, havent
used the tincture yet, but it could be the base of some kind of
liniment, or topical treatment. Have to do some study on this.
Joyce Wardell has a lot of good information, which is all what
she herself has tried over many years- it would be good to hear
and learn from her in person!