Pine, Scotch Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Pinus sylvestris
Other names: Pine Oil, Forest Pine, Pine Needle, Oleum Folii Pini Sylvestris
Country of Origin: Hungary
Part of plant used in production: Needle
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A tall evergreen tree with reddish-brown fissured bark, pointy cones, long paired needles, and a flat crown growing up to 40 meters in height. Pines are native to Eurasia, but have been cultivated in many parts of the world, including North America for centuries.
Characteristics: Pine oil is colourless to pale yellow with a strong, dry-balsamic, turpentine-like odour.
Properties: Antimicrobial, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic (pulmonary, urinary), antiviral, bactericidal, cholagogue, deodorant, expectorant, insecticidal, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant (adrenal cortex, circulation and nervous system).
Constituents: pinene, pinene, limonene, myrcene, bornyl acetate
Uses: Pine essential oil is used in household products such as detergents, soaps, and disinfectants. It is helpful in cases of asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis and influenza and to overcome fatigue. It may be used in a vasopressor to cleanse a space of negative energy and unpleasant odours.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.