These instructions are to guide you through the steps and different methods of consuming pine pollen. This video also gives a good overview of how to take pine pollen, but there’s even more in the steps below, including the best dosage.
There are six “steps” covered here. Go ahead and open the bag right now so you can start with the first one.
Step 1 – Testing for Allergies
Take a ½ teaspoon right now. You can put this into your mouth and swallow it down, or mix it into water or any other liquid.
The purpose for this is that a very small percentage of people have pine pollen allergies. So we want to use a small amount, before the later larger recommended dose, to make sure you don’t have any problems. If you do have problems you’ll know, but don’t worry, this is not dangerous like a peanut allergy could be.
Wait several hours. Notice if there is an allergic reaction. Also, notice if you detect any benefits in your energy levels, thinking, and mood, even with this small dose.
If after four hours you haven’t had any allergic reaction you’re good to go onto the next step.
Step 2 – Morning Wood Test (Men Only)
At night before you go to bed take three tablespoons of pine pollen. This is a large dose, the reason being we want to encourage the effect to take place strongly. We suggest you mix this into a 12-16 oz. glass of water. Stir it in then down it.
Many people find the taste pleasant. Some people don’t like it (you should try some of our other much worse tasting herbs, then you’ll realize this one does taste good in comparison).
Go to sleep. When you wake up in the morning see if you have “Morning Wood”. Note the intensity of it as well. One man said he could dent a car door with it. Another man, very well known in the health field, said he had to piss in the bathtub because of pine pollen.
We’ve included this handy info-graphic for your education. There’s a good chance you’ll need this… :)
Note the effects. It works for most, but not for everyone. Hormones are complex and there are several reasons why it may not have this impact on you.
Don’t just look for “morning wood” though. Be aware of any other benefits you may feel like increased energy levels, mental clarity, mood enhancement, feelings of vigor, additional feelings of horniness (like when you see an attractive woman) and anything else.
Some people love pine pollen even though it doesn’t seem to provide the “morning wood” effect for them.
It’s also great for women too. Obviously, in this case morning wood is not an applicable test, but they can gain many other benefits from it, including helping with PMS symptoms like cramps and mood swings.
The best effects of pine pollen actually come when you’re on it for a longer period of time. Some people only begin to notice positive effects after 3 weeks of taking pine pollen.
These first two steps are for you to properly test how the pine pollen works for you. The rest of the steps cover more information about using pine pollen in a variety of ways.
Step 3 – Normal Instructions for Taking, Plus Different Methods
The normal dose of pine pollen powder is ½ to 1 tsp two times per day. This works great for many people. And there are several ways to take this.[pt_view id=”a0eb1ebby4″]
Straight – Put the spoonful right in your mouth, mix it with your saliva, and swallow it down. This can be assisted by drinking water to help wash it down as well. Warning, if you end up coughing or sneezing during this you will get pollen everywhere.
Mix in Water – Pine pollen readily mixes into water.
Mix in Smoothies or Juice – Throw pine pollen into any blended drink to add the nutrition. Or stir it into juice. With many drinks, you won’t even taste it.
Warm Tea – Tea and other hot liquids can be used. It will not damage the Pine Pollen as ours is already steam sterilized after collection to prevent mold.
Step 4 – Megadose Pine Pollen
While most people in the West are recommending small amounts of pine pollen (more like other herbs) that is not how it is done in China, where pine pollen has been used for millennium (more like a food). You can read the complete details of this here.
“Oral dosing in China runs from 5 to 10 grams per day, which, barring the problems of testosterone going through the GI tract, would give a comparatively high dose of testosterone every day.”
– Stephen Harrod Buhner
The massive doses recommended by Chinese Medicine makes sense when one sees the amount of nutrients involved. As for the testosterone making it through the GI tract, this is a problem best remedied by tinctures. However, tinctures cannot impart the totality of the dense food source that pollen is, so a combination of the two is highly advantageous for men that have started andropause (around 40) and up. Each tablespoon is approximately 3 grams so this dose would be about 1 ½ to 3 tablespoons per day.
Although we’ve talked mostly about the hormonal benefits of pine pollen, that’s not all it has. Not by a long shot. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and more. So mega dosing gives you lots of nutrition which can bring on many other benefits, and can act in some ways to replace a multivitamin or mineral supplement.
Step 5 – Tinctures
To get the strongest androgenic effects, it works best to tincture pine pollen. Alcohol draws out the sex hormones and makes them more bioavailable. Since they can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream your body can make use of them right away. In the powdered form, most of these do not survive the stomach (although as shown by the results people still get positive hormonal benefits this way). The alcohol turns pine pollen from a tonic substance to something that should only be used by certain people. This video walks you through it.
One man taking both the pine pollen powder and tincture twice a day saw his testosterone double and estrogen cut in half. His blood work for Total Testosterone went from 382 to 723 and Estradiol from 97 to 43.
Pine pollen tinctures should only be used by men at least 30 years or older in the majority of cases. This is because the hormonal effects in a tinctured form are much stronger. This is not for children. Most women should not need this, although there have been exceptions where a woman used a tincture to great benefit.
You can make your own using our powder. To do that pour the pine pollen powder into a glass jar. Then add alcohol (organic 70 proof vodka is recommended) in sufficient quality to cover it all and then some. After that you let it sit for about two weeks. The pine pollen and alcohol will separate. This is good as you just want the pure alcohol, as the pine pollen won’t really have much beneficial left in it. You can use a dropper to squeeze the liquid off the top. Or you can pour it off into another jar through a strainer to separate the liquid from the powder.
Warning: this can get messy!
You can make your own tinctures, as described in this post, or you can buy our pine pollen tinctures.
For more details about the differences between pine pollen powder and pine pollen tincture read this article.
Step 6 – Review and Order More
We’d love to hear your results from you. You can go leave a review for our pine pollen powder here, or even review Lost Empire Herbs in general here.
We have the best prices for quality pine pollen on the market. And that’s not all we have. There are many other herbs and formulas available, some of which may be even better suited for you and your goals.
Is Pine Pollen Safe?
Pine pollen in powder form is one of the most potent natural sources of testosterone. This yellow substance, known for its androgenic properties, is beneficial for all living creatures that come in a contact with it, boosting libido and helping with growth. The actual female part of a pine cone is where the pine pollen powder comes from since male cones are different in shape and contain the plants sperm.
Pine pollen has been traditionally used in most Asian cultures, but it all started in China. It is mostly used to stimulate anabolic endocrine activity, increase libido or as a spleen, liver, heart and lung tonic. It is useful for boosting the immune system, nourishing the skin, rejuvenating bones, hair and brain. Moreover, pine pollen increases endurance and Superoxide Dismutase levels and serve as a natural solution for lowering cholesterol.
The number one property of pine pollen is by far its ability to naturally raise testosterone. This plant contains a combination of phyto-androgens, along with many other kinds of steroidal substances which are completely natural and NOT harmful like the synthetic version. Some of the main benefits of all this steroidal substances include increasing lean muscle mass, regulating prostate and testicular health in men and breast health in women. Apart from this obvious health-related benefits, pine pollen will make your skin smooth and tight, increase sexual power and help you to lose fat faster, by boosting the metabolism.
If you are looking to try pine pollen powder for the first time, there are a couple of things you should know. Males should avoid using pine pollen until the age of 20 since it can somewhat slow the production of hormone levels down the line. Of course, if you take it under a guidance of a health professional, then these levels can be monitored and pine pollen powder could be safely used.
Another contraindication for pine pollen powder is for people who are allergic to plant pollen. In some cases, people allergic to bees should also avoid pine pollen, so make sure to start with a small dose if you belong to this group.[pt_view id=”a0eb1ebby4″]
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Greg Davis says
I have a few questions: If I choose to mega dose pine pollen powder, should I cycle this dosage, similar to the pine pollen tincture? While mega dosing the powder in the evening, would taking a morning tsp dose be advisable + the tincture?
Logan Christopher says
You could cycle and it wouldn’t hurt, but also you wouldn’t have too. Play with it and see if you seem to get more benefit one way or another.
In addition to the megadose you could also take a morning dose and the tincture. Again, I can’t give you a hard and fast rule here, experiment and see if it works well for you.
John V says
If one was to take the tincture and the powder what would the dosage recommendation be for both?
Logan Christopher says
Starting with the regular recommended doses is fine here. But there could be less or much more. For instance some of our customers take the powder megadose and several dropperfuls of the tincture per day.
I absolutely love the affects of pine pollen. Makes me feel strong and resilient and just tastes and feels like it’s do good for me. However, it gives me itchy eyes. Is there anything I can take with it to counteract the allergy. I will experiment with tincture and powder to see which is better (currently taking both).
GEORGE THEMIS says
How long can we continuously use pine pollen powder ? (normal dose)
Chelsea Satterthwaite says
There is no one size fits all answer for this. I encourage you to consult with an herbalist, naturopathic doctor or integrated medicine specialist to find out what is best for you specifically.
Pine pollen is generally safe for adults to take on a daily basis in its powder form but we suggest cycling the tincture form 5 days on 2 days off.
Thank you so much for your info and your products. I have one question for you and hope you can answer it. When taking 9 grams of pine pollen powder per day, is it enough to take 3 grams of nettle root powder daily to counteract potential side effects?
Thanks so much.
E. KELLY says
You’re more likely to get side effects from the nettle root.
mark jones says
Would one dose then cycle off for 7 days work for this herb as I have read elsewhere. Or is it best having a few days on it to feel the full effects then say a week off ?
Teresa Hernandez says
Check out this article for more information on cycling…. https://lostempireherbs.com/cycling-pine-pollen-tincture-tongkat-ali-and-other-herbs/
Is any age restriction totake pine pollen ..?
Kara Gunn says
Can you take the pine pollen tincture diluted in a bit of water to lessen the burn? Will that lessen the effects?
Logan Christopher says
Yes you can and yes it will. The alcohol acts as a driver of what’s inside and when it’s held under the tongue it absorbs directly into the blood stream. Once again, it will still work, but to some degree less so.
How do you cycle pine pollen tincture? And when is the best times of day to take with amount?
Zane Christopher says
The easiest way to cycle pine pollen tincture is to take it until the bottle is done and then wait a week or more before starting a new bottle. You could also take a couple days off in the week and never stop taking it. You need to find what works for you MJ.
Not 100% on the best times as I do not hold to any strict schedule of herb taking myself. Many people just do a full dropperful in the morning and then again in the evening. You could cut the dose in half and spread it out more through the day. I have found for me that taking a dropperful in the morning and maybe a smaller amount later in the day works best. I believe it is a bit stimulating to my system when I take before bed time so have stopped doing that but for others it would probably be good to have those extra androgens overnight while sleeping for recovery purposes.
paul smith says
Yes Zane, if I have it late b4 bed, I find my sleep disrupted, so I’m doIng like you have suggested, staring from this morning. thanks.