The warm, evergreen scent of pine needle oil brings to mind the smell of cool fall air or a white winter forest. This familiar and energizing oil is produced from the pine's twigs and buds. The needles of the beautiful pine tree produce a powerful essential oil that is beneficial for purifying, refreshing, and stimulating our surroundings as well as our bodies and minds and is capable of eliciting feelings of emotional wellness.
Pine needle has been found to be highly beneficial to several aspects of health through a multitude of clinical studies. Firstly, researchers who have studied pinus sylvestris, pine needle extract, have recognized its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This includes rheumatic pain and wound healing (1)(2). One particular study even found pine needle essential oil to be high in phenolic extractives and showed great promise in its ability to reduce tumor properties(3). A separate research project showed pinus sylvestris to have potent anti-fungal elements, and was even found to be the most powerful fungicide against one particular type of fungus (4).
Given the benefits of pine needle oil, there are many practical and simple uses. Here are just a few.
Arthritis- Add at least 10 drops to 1 oz. of carrier oil. Massage into joint areas to potentially slow progression.
Cuts and scrapes- antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Fill sink with warm water. Add oil to the water. Using washcloth, clean the wound.
Fatigue- Add 10 drops to air diffuser for increased perceived energy.
Insect bites- In a spray bottle, add 10 drops pine oil, 10 drops carrier oil, and 4 oz distilled water. Mist over body as needed.
Muscle aches- Add 10 drops to 1 oz. of a carrier oil. Massage into sore muscles.
Respiratory issues- Add 10 drops to a warm, steamy bath.
Household cleaner- 1 gal. distilled water, 1/4 cup castile soap, 20 drops pine oil. Fill spray bottles and use as needed.
As with all essential oils, there are some cautions and considerations to take into account before using your pine needle oil. Firstly, you should only use your pine needle oil for external purposes. Women who are pregnant and nursing are advised to not use pine essential oil without the care of a medical physician as it may effect hormonal activity. Also, it should be stored out of the reach of children, and should not be used topically on children who are under the age of 7 years old. Additionally, if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription drugs, you are advised to seek professional medical advice prior to using pine needle oil.
It is always advised to do a skin test before using your essential oils to assess for sensitivity. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of your essential oil with about 4 drops of a carrier oil of choice. You can then apply this blend to a non-sensitive area of skin. Never use your pine needle oil near the mucous membranes. If you experience an allergic reaction to the oil discontinue use and seek the advice of a doctor, pharmacist, or an allergist.
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither Sixth Scents nor its products are intended for the purpose of diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
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The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither Sixth Scents nor its products are intended for the purpose of diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Sixth Scents essential oils are intended for topical use only. For internal use always work with a certified aromatherapist or physician.