Essential Oil of the Month: Pine – Smell like the Holiday’s and Help Your Sore Muscles!

Essential oils are the oils from the plants they were extracted from in concentrated form. Essential oils have been used in skincare, folk and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, foods and drinks for centuries.

Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, particularly Pinus sylvestris.

 

If you are yet to know which tree we are talking about, you must have seen it being used as a Christmas tree!

The Scots Pine – cones (Pinus sylvestris), near Boronów, Poland

It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, and cleaning products.  It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic.  Pine oil is a phenolic disinfectant that is mildly antiseptic. Pine oil disinfectants are relatively inexpensive and widely available.

Original Pine-Sol® Cleaner

Tthe Scotch pine, belongs to a family of evergreen conifers that includes about 90 species that grow in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The Scotch pine grows to a height of 100 feet or more in the northern forests of Europe. It’s one of the hardiest pine trees and can thrive in long, bitterly cold winters. The tree is called Scotch pine because at one time it covered much of Scotland, where a few primeval stands of these impressive trees remain today. In the U.S. the Scotch pine is often grown as an ornamental landscape specimen, prized for its beautiful bluish-green needles. Thousands are raised on Christmas tree farms all over the northern U.S. — that’s how many Americans have come to know and love the sweet, refreshing aroma of pine.

The needles, twigs and bark of all pine species contain a sticky, fragrant resin from which substances such as rosin, turpentine and essential oil are extracted.

Pine essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh twigs and needles, of the tree — not directly from the crude resin, as turpentine is. The twigs and needles impart a sweet-evergreen aroma to the essential oil.

In aromatherapy, pine is used in saunas, steam baths and massage blends for sore muscles and it is analgesic and hence it is also a good remedy for people suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and rheumatism. It can give an energizing feeling when applied making it effective in removing mental stress. Regular massage with pine essential oil gives can help to give you mental clarity. It removes anxiety and nervous tension, and is useful for people suffering from loss of concentration.  It is antiseptic so it can help along with tea tree oil to help athletes foot.  In skin care it can help in treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, and eczema.

Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Strong, dry-balsamic, turpentine-like
Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, and USA

Traditional Use: Used to treat colds and congestion. It is also used in the fragrance industry for its forest like aroma.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cholagogue, decongestant, deodorant, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, stimulant, vermifuge

Benefits: Arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, candida, colds, coughs, cuts, exhaustion, fatigue, fever, infection, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions, poor circulation, rheumatism, sinusitis, slow circulation, sore throat, sores. During the cold season pine oil can be added to a diffuser to help purify the air. In addition, if you are sick it may be added to an inhalation or bath.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, ravensara, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

Holiday Muscle Rub Recipe:

12 ounces of Carrier oil (I like a 2:1 ratio of Almond Oil to Grapeseed Oil)

15 drops pine essential oil
15 drops juniper essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
2   drops rosemary essential oil
Directions
To make a penetrating massage oil for overworked muscles, dilute essential oils of this concentrated blend into the 12 ounces of carrier oil.
Can be used as a massage oil or added to a bath.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of pine essential oil to the carrier oil and massage into the face or specific area. Remove excess oil with a toner specific to your skin type or condition with a cotton pad.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

 

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

 

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