Scotch pine essential oil "teaches that it is love and generosity of the spirit that endures," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She also states the emotional benefits of the oil are to encourage humility, simplicity, assurance, perseverance, mindfulness, trust, direction, and tenacity.
Pine trees grow throughout much of the world, and essential oil is distilled from various species of pine. The focus of this profile is scotch, also called scots, pine (Pinus sylvestris). Sources generally consider it the safest of the pine oils.
Other species may have properties different from those discussed here. Species include longleaf pine (Pinus palastris), dwarf pine (Pinus mugo), white pine (Pinus strobus), red (Norway) pine (Pinus resinous), and pinyon (also known as pinion or piñon) pine (Pinus edulis).
Plant family: Pinaceae
Production: Steam distilled from pine needles.
Aroma: Fresh, pungent, earthy.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top to middle.
Is pine safe to use during pregnancy? I found contradictory answers to this question. Consult a professional.
Is pine essential oil safe for children? Some sources recommend not using the oil on children under age 2.
Cautions: Oxidized scotch pine may cause skin sensitization. Store the oil in a cool, dark place to help prevent oxidation.
Main components of scotch pine:
Note: Scotch pine oils vary considerably. There are potentially two chemotypes: beta-pinene and delta-3-carene. Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Pine has disinfecting properties and is popular in cleaning blends. The oil is also used in European bath preparations for its invigorating scent and to help improve circulation.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: Pine is a common adrenal tonic. Although pine is generally not irritating, because of the number of different types of pine, each one needs to be tested for its irritating potential.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Uses of pine essential oil include rheumatism, muscle pain and injury, muscle fatigue, tired and heavy legs, gout, sinus congestion, bronchitis, general debility and fatigue, and mental and nervous exhaustion.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use scotch pine in skin care for cuts, sores, lice, scabies, and excessive perspiration. The oil is also useful for relieving arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, poor circulation, colds, flu, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and stress-related conditions. Scotch pine supports the respiratory system and may help relieve asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, and sore throat.
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, scotch pine essential oil is warm and dry and tonifies Qi-energy. The oil is one of the best to clear cold phlegm from the Lungs and is useful for a variety of respiratory conditions. Pine is a tonic for the Lungs, Kidneys, and nerves and helps relieve fatigue and nervous debility.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Scotch pine is cleansing, invigorating, and promotes feelings of energy and well-being. Use the essential oil to clear your healing or meditation space.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Scotch pine has a protective energy that's beneficial for highly intuitive people. The oil helps protect from negative psychic energy and unwanted influences. Mentally, this essential oil protects and strengthens the mind. Emotionally, the oil helps protect against absorbing the emotions of other people.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Pine energizes, rejuvenates, refreshes, clears, and cleanses. The oil is especially useful for the third chakra to promote self-confidence, self-worth, and self-control.
Add this energizing blend to an aromatherapy diffuser:
Cleaner for Hard Surfaces
This cleaner is safe to use on tile, laminate, linoleum, vinyl, and wood.
If this cleaner leaves a residue on floors, rinse with 1/2 white vinegar added to 4.5 quarts of warm water.
Adapted from An Aromatic Life
Rejuvenating Foot Bath
Blend all ingredients. Fill a foot tub with warm/hot water and add blend. Soak feet for at least 15 minutes.
Source: Rocky Mountain Oils
For muscle aches and pains, blend the following massage oil: