Plant part: Needles
Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, ravensara, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme
Aroma: Fresh, Earthy, Woody, Strong, Slightly Turpentine like.
It may be more than coincidence that many household cleaners claim to smell “just like pine”. Pine has a long history of being synonymous with health and cleanliness, and the benefits of Pine Essential oil are also hold true to that. The powerful capabilities of Pine oil are due in major part to the high levels of phenols, which help fight off germs and disease.
Native Americans stuffed bedding with the needles of the pine tree to help repel lice and fleas. Hippocrates noted its strong ability to help the body heal from respiratory issues. It has a great ability to relax the muscles, elevate the mood, and even fight against urinary tract infection (UTI).
Likely the most recognizable of all evergreen conifers, Pines can grow up to an astounding 260 feet high, though most species reach about 150 feet. The species used for this oil, Pinus sylvestris, is also known as “Scots Pine”. The needles are put through steam distillation process to extract the essential oil.
Uses of Pine Essential Oil
Circulatory System: Eases arthritis, Increases circulation, and Relieves rheumatism.
Immune System: fights cold, influenza, and soothes sore throat.
Limbic System: Eases mental fatigue.
Muscular System: Soothes aches and pains.
Nervous System: neuralgia, stress.
Reproductive System: Increases adrenal function.
Respiratory System: soothes asthma and bronchitis, eases congestion, relieves cough, pneumonia and sinusitis.
Hair: kills lice.
Urinary Tract: heals urinary tract infection.
In the Home: Can be added to a cleaning spray or potpourri
Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, anti-scorbic, anti-septic, anti-sudorific, anti-viral, bactericidal, balsamic, cholagogue, choleretic, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticidal, litholytic, neurotonic, rubefacient, stimulant (adrenal, circulatory)
Recipes With Pine Essential Oil
Poor Adrenal Function:
- 5 drops Pine oil
- 5 drops Geranium oil
- 5 drops Vetiver oil
- Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed.
- 2 drops Pine oil
- 2 drops Neroli oil
- 2 drops Cedarwood oil
- Add to aromatherapy diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
- 10 drops Pine oil
- 10 drops Geranium
- Small, untreated pieces of wood
- Place one to two drops of each oil on each piece of wood. Place them in closets, cupboards, windowsills, etc. Reapply as the scent fades.