Spending time away from technology and busy schedules to find peace in nature is so amazingly transformative. Very few essential oils offer a majestic forest fragrance like Pine.
With its earthy and fresh aroma, Pine invigorates. Many men’s fragrances include layers of Pine to create an alluringly woodsy aroma. Because it stimulates the senses, Pine can be used to bring mental clarify and sharpen thinking.
There are many varieties of Pine grown throughout Europe, Russia and Austria, the most common being P. Sylvestris. The needles, branches and cones are all put through a steam distillation method.
Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Needles
Synonym: Scotch Pine, Scots Pine
Blends Well With: Myrrh, and other resins
Aroma: Woodsy, earthy, terpenic, and fresh
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Pine essential oil (Pinus sylvestris) offers an invigorating, forest-fresh aroma that can help you breathe better. Because of this, it makes a great addition to naturally scented DIYs and home products. One of our favorite DIYs to make with Pine essential oil, especially around the holidays, are scented pine cones and it couldn’t be more simple. To make your own, take store-bought pine cones or pick your own. If picking your own, soak pine cones in warm water and soap. Preheat oven to 220 degrees F, place pine cones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and heat for 25-30 minutes. Monitor the pine cones while heating as oven temperatures may vary. Let cool, then place pine cones in a bowl. Sprinkle 20-30 drops of Pine oil (about 2-3 drops per cone) over the pine cones, and mix them up to spread out the oil and scent. Enjoy!
- Pine essential oil is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Pine essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- Pine essential oil is safe to use while pregnant when following proper safety guidelines. It is not recommended that you use essential oils in the first trimester, which is considered the most delicate time in pregnancy. It is recommended that you do not use essential oils frequently, but rather minimally. Dilute your essential oil to 1% during topical application that you don’t overwhelm your system. Lastly, if you’re having complications, it may be best to avoid essential oils.
- Pine has been used throughout history to help clear fungal infection, ease allergies, clear sinuses and boost clarity. Today, its clean and earthy aroma paired with its antimicrobial activity make it a popular addition to cleaners. To make your own cleaner using Pine oil, combine 1 oz 190-proof grain alcohol and 80 drops Pine oil in a glass spray bottle. Let sit for a few hours before adding 3 oz distilled water. Shake gently to combine and spray around surfaces, linens and high-traffic areas to refresh your space.
- Anecdotal evidence suggests that Pine oil may assist with seizures, however, studies have not yet proven this. Seizures can be caused by missed medications, alcohol consumption, lack of sleep, increased stress, illness and PMS. For some epileptics, aromas can be triggering, regardless of the quality of the oil or brand. When it comes to pinning down which essential oils may be triggering or beneficial to epileptic individuals, the safest advice we can give is to work with a doctor and aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your individual needs. The bottom line – epilepsy is a complex condition and aromatherapy safety guidelines for those with epilepsy cannot be one-size-fits-all.
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INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Pine, 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add this blend to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
BATH SALTS: Combine: 3 drops of Pine, 3 drops of Ravensara and 1 drop of Elemi with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to a full bath for a relaxing soak.
CHEER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Pine, 5 drops of Rosemary and 5 drops of Eucalyptus. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
MUSCLE MASSAGE: Add to a 4 ounce squeeze bottle: 8 drops of Pine, 2 drops of Birch, 10 drops of Helichrysum, 5 drops of Peppermint and 15 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply to overworked muscles and massage. (2% dilution)
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