Pine – The Best Known Natural Fragrance
Pine is one of the widest known natural fragrances. The essential oil is a very pale yellow and has a strong, fresh, resinous scent. Personally, the strong scent creates an instant visual cue/emotion. I am immediately reminded of the winter holidays. My mind conjures up visions of holiday wreaths, pinecones on our fireplace and well… Christmas trees. But many don’t realize it is widely used in aromatherapy practices too.
For centuries Greeks, Romans and Arabs have used Scotch Pine (pinus sylvestris) for its medicinal properties. It’s prime use was and still is in treatment of respiratory infections and muscular pain. The American Indians used Scotch Pine Essential Oil to prevent scurvy, and to stuff mattresses to repel lice and fleas (who knew?).
These days, we tend to use Pine oil for its scent, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral properties.
Inhalations of Pine are fantastic for colds, sinusitis and sore throats. Here’s a great recipe for Sinusitis and Stuffy Noses:
Add 2 drops pine essential oil, 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil and2 drops peppermint essential oil to a steaming bowl of hot water. Bend your head over the bowl and cover with a towel to keep in the steam. Inhale for 5-10 minutes. You can do this 5 times a day for 2/3 days to clear up your nasal passages.
Dilute pine oil well in a carrier oil and it has a stimulating effect on the circulation and can sometimes relieve the pain of rheumatism and muscular aches.
But when using pine you must be cautious, as some species are not suitable for use in aromatherapy. Dwarf Pine (pinus pumilio or P. mugo) is classed as a hazardous oil. So read your labels – remember natural doesn’t always guarantee safety. An educated consumer is a powerful thing.
NOTE: Blends well with Lavender, cedar wood, eucalyptus, tea tree, sandalwood and juniper.
What does Pine remind you of?