Pine Essential Oil <br/><em>Pinus sylvestris</em>
The sweet yet earthy scent of pine permeates through forests, sometimes accompanied by the sharp, cool scent of winter or the sensual heat of summer. The scent of pine most often dances through the forest, across emerald green grass and maroon foliage, slipping underneath the thick canopy of dark green pine needles. There is a cool calmness in pine forests, a tranquility that can easily be recreated with pine oil.
The best thing about pine is that it’s a versatile scent. Pine oil can transport you to a serene mountain forest. It can take you to a festive holiday celebration with glittering pines settled on the mantle of a warm, crackling fireplace. It can be used with a bevy of cleaning products, capitalising on the pine scent’s clean and minimalistic pleasure.
From the serene love of Mother Earth to holidays full of familial love, pine has a special connotation to all of us, and there are seemingly endless benefits to using pine oil in everyday life. Whether it’s for spiritual health or physical health, using pine oil has amazing benefits.
The Many Uses of Pine
- Fights Inflammation. Pine oil is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, combating harmful free radicals and chronic inflammation responses that cause an assortment of ailments and diseases.
- Relieves Headaches. The purifying nature of pine essential oil helps to rid your surroundings of the toxins that lead to illness and headaches. As an added bonus, pine oil’s calming and stress-fighting properties also make it a good tool for alleviating stress-related headaches. To benefit from this element, mix pine oil with carrier oil and rub it gently into your temples.
- Boost Metabolism. It is believed that pine essential oil may be able to accelerate your energy and metabolism.
- Detoxify. Pine oil has a natural diuretic property that helps you flush toxins from your body with urination. This process allows you to rid your body of uric acid, damaging salts, fat and excess water.
- Allergy Relief. Once again, pine’s purifying nature comes to the rescue. Ordinarily, countless allergens and fungi are floating around in the air around you, just waiting to trigger your allergic response. A purifying spray of pine oil mixed with water can help cleanse the air and eradicate those pesky allergy triggers.
- Stress. Pine is soothing, allowing your emotions to calm and settle, thereby alleviating your stressed nerves. This calming effect does not include a sedation effect like many other oils, though, so you are left feeling relaxed, but alert. This is extremely beneficial if you are in the middle of your day and can’t afford to feel drowsy or in a fog.
- Air Deodorant. Pine’s antibacterial and anti-microbial agents are terrific air sanitizers, eliminating the germs that cause frustrating and unpalatable odors.
- Multi-purpose Cleaner. Pine is added to just about every type of household cleaner available. That’s because the scent of pine is fresh and clean-smelling, but also because the essence of pine is an effective disinfectant and purifier. You can make some of your home’s cleaners yourself, using a few drops of pine essential oil and water or vinegar.
- Third Eye Chakra. Open your eyes and see yourself, the universe and spirit clearly with pine oil aromatherapy added to your third eye chakra meditation.
- Nature and Spirit. Pine oil connects us to Mother Earth with its heady, musky and woody fragrance. This oil allows us to see the more ephemeral connections in the universe, linking us to both the earth and the spirit.
- Money and Protection. Add a few drops of pine oil to your wallet to attract prosperity to your life. Place pine oil around your doorway to protect your home from negative energy.
Pine essential oil can be irritating to skin so be sure to always blend it with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin. If you have particularly sensitive skin, test a small patch of skin with the pine oil and carrier oil mixture before using the oil more widely. Pine can also be extremely irritating to sensitive mucus membranes, so avoid contact with your nose, eyes, ears and mouth.
- Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
- Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Plant Part Typically Used: Needles
- Color: Clear
- Consistency: Slightly oil and of medium weight
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Aromatic Description: Woody, earthy and slightly balsamic