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A Guide To Pine Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

Guide To Pine Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses In Aromatherapy (photo of aromatherapy accessories and pine needles)

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 says 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 pine — also known as pinion or piñon pine — (Pinus edulis).

Basic Scotch Pine Facts

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:

  • alpha-pinene        20.3–45.8%
  • beta-pinene          1.9–33.3%
  • delta-3-carene      0.4–31.8%
  • beta-phellandrene 0.3–10.9%

Note: Scotch pine oils vary considerably. There are potentially two chemotypes: beta-pinene and delta-3-carene. Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Benefits Of Pine Essential Oil

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 Heart of Aromatherapy: Piñon pine (Pinus edulis) is useful to support the respiratory system, soothing allergies and sinus congestion, clearing mucous and congestion, calming inflammation, and relieving sore throat, coughs, headaches. The oil also helps you feel inspired, uplifted, and motivated.

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
: Use scotch pine for 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.

Pine Oil Uses and Recipes

Add this energizing blend to an aromatherapy diffuser:

  • 7 drops pine
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil

Cleaning

Cleaning Spray

  • Just under 1/2 cup distilled water
  • Dash of white vinegar
  • 11 drops pine
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  1. Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  3. Use the spray on non-delicate surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom, and other areas.

Cleaner for Hard Surfaces

This cleaner is safe to use on tile, laminate, linoleum, vinyl, and wood.

  • 1/2 teaspoon castile soap
  • 1.5 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 10 drops pine

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

Personal Blends

Rejuvenating Foot Bath

  • 4 drops pine
  • 4 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (other carrier oils are also OK)

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

Massage Oil

For muscle aches and pains, blend the following massage oil:

  • 5 drops pine
  • 5 drops palmarosa essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil

Source: AromaSense

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I recommend pine (Pinus sylvestris) essential oil from Young Living.



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