It’s Time for Pine Essential Oil
Derived from the needles of the evergreen pine tree, pine oil is a fragrant and woody aromatic worth trying. A symbol of Christmas, longevity and good fortune, pine essential oil also has its uses in health and wellness.
Pine Tree Essential Oil Uses & Benefits
Pine contains anti-inflammatory properties that may soothe inflammatory skin conditions, like dermatitis, rosacea and acne, alongside relieving inflammation in the muscles and bones, such as arthritis and muscle tension.
Although more research is needed to further clarify the effects of pine essential oil, some of the commonly used aromatics for anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties are lavender, marjoram, ginger, and eucalyptus (Babar ali et al., 2015).
For an anti-inflammatory preparation, simply dilute up to 6 drops of pine with ginger and marjoram essential oils in a carrier oil for a DIY massage blend.
Pine oil exhibits anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic and anti-anxiety effects (Bahi et al., 2014). This may relieve spasms and tension within the muscles of the body, while relieving anxiety and soothing the mind.
For stress-relief, dilute pine in combination with lavender and/or frankincense in a diffuser, or blend into your homemade aromatherapy body oils.
- Anti-microbial & Anti-viral
Studies have shown that pine contains anti-microbial and anti-viral properties (Moreira et al., 2005). This makes pine essential oil particularly popular for homemade detergents and cleansing products.
Its aromatic and fragrant scent, alongside anti-microbial and anti-viral actions make it a suitable choice for purifying your home’s air-space and killing pathogens across countertops.
Additionally, in cases of colds and flues, pine essential oil may help to clear the pathways of the respiratory tract through its decongesting properties.
Pine’s anti-microbial actions also has its uses in skincare. Use pine oil topically to soothe minor skin infections, pimples and burns.
Pine essential oil contains terpenoid compounds which are effective as a natural insect repellant, making pine a popular natural insecticide used in storing agricultural products (O’Neil, 2006).
Pine’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory may have its uses in the treatment of wounds. Pine oil can be used for cases of cuts, burns, eczema, psoriasis and sores (Burgess, 2013), especially wounds that have been caused and scarred by inflammatory skin conditions.
To harness pine for wound relief, dilute the essential oil into your homemade skincare products, from wound-healing body balms, salves, creams and oils. Apply the preparation topically to soothe symptoms of inflammation and irritation.
Recipes with Pine Essential Oil
Stress-Relieving & Air-Purifying Diffuser Blend
Dilute pine essential oil into a diffuser to purify the air of your home, alongside easing stress and soothing the mind.
Pine essential oil is woody with a slight citrus aroma. It blends beautifully with Bergamot, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Marjoram, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Thyme, Rosemary and many more essential oils. It is quite a versatile aroma that can be infused with a variety of scents.
Anti-Inflammatory Body Oil
Turmeric and lavender are renowned plants for the treatment of wounds, inflammation and muscle tension. Although more research is needed to further clarify pine’s uses for these symptoms, you can still harness and synergise the anti-inflammatory properties in combination with plants that have been trialed, tested and confirmed.
- 2 drops pine essential oil
- 2 drops turmeric essential oil
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 10 ml sunflower oil
- 20 ml sweet almond oil
Combine ingredients in a 30ml sterilised dropper bottle. Label and store in a cool and dry place.