Pine is one of the least toxic of essential oils, and, it is therefore considered one of the safest. (Please note, all strong substances that require dilution are toxic in their undiluted form.)
it has been used for millennia for healing the respiratory system and for disinfecting homes. It has also been used throughout the ages, or at least the pine needles have, for preventing bedbugs, fleas and lice and other such unwanted critters.
Pine Essential Oil :: The Evidence
Science is now backing up what the ancients already knew. Pine Essential Oil is an extremely potent antibacterial and anti-viral. It kills a good number of viruses and bacteria, including Salmonella, Escherichia Coli, H1N1, HIV-1 and a variety of other pesky amoeba that hang about in buildings and on our food.
This is why Pine Essential Oil is commonly used in cleaning products as well as being used as an essential oil to treat infections.
*However, I prefer Tea Tree, Ravensara and Oregano for serious bacterial and viral infections, but also because they can treat fungal infections too, which Pine does not.
For more information about Oregano Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil please refer to Essential Oil First Aid Kit
Pine Essential Oil Basics
Pine Essential Oil is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, decongestant, and expectorant.
Common Uses Of Pine Essential Oil Include:
Wound healing :: including sores, scabies, Acne, Psoriasis and Eczema, boils and insect bites
Household cleaning: antibacterial and anti-viral, as well as anti-fungal. Also for lice, fleas and bed bugs
Analgesic uses include :: gout and muscular aches and pains
Respiratory support :: including allergies, asthma, bronchitis, as well as common colds and flu,
Mental & Emotional Support :: exhaustion and fatigue from physical or emotional origins, for post viral support and adrenal fatigue.
Anti-inflammatory :: for arthritis and rheumatism as well as sporting injuries etc…
Other Uses :: Also useful for reducing swelling and irritation associated with chronic joint pain, excessive perspiration, relief from headaches, as an air freshener and to protect woollen clothing and woollen blankets from moths and other insects
Pine Essential Oil Sources
Pine Essential Oil can be sourced from several species of Pine Trees… over forty, in fact. The most common pine needles used for the production of Pine Essential Oil come from the following trees:
Dwarf Pine – Pinus mugo
Long-leaf Pine – Pinus palustris
Scotch Pine or Norway Pine – Pinus sylvestris
As Pine Essential Oil can be sourced from many different spiecies of Pine, there is a lot of variance in odour and quality of Pine Essential Oil.
Pine Essential Oil As An Antibacterial
Pine Essential Oil is great for cleansing the skin. When applied topically it is great for conditions like Acne and boils, as well as any other skin complaints with a bacterial component.
Pine Essential Oil & Hormones
Like Oregano Essential Oil, Pine Essential Oil is loaded with phenols, which conveys the germ killing capabilities to these oils… But, it’s actually the phenols in a good number of essential oils that blast off hormone-disrupting environmental toxins, called Xenoestrogens.
Our hormone health is immensely affected by Xenoestrogens, causing extreme problems within both men and women
There is a series of articles devoted to hormone health that covers the subject of Xenoestrogens in a lot more detail within the Wild As The Wind Blog
Pine Essential Oil As An Antioxidant
Pine Essential Oil is an immune-boosting all round tonic that has the ability to ease headaches and clear the mind also. It has also been noted to improve emotional clarity as well as mental acuity owing to it’s ability to detoxify us on all levels.
Like all warming oils, Pine Essential Oil stimulates the blood to rise to the surface of the skin when applied topically in a massage oil or when added to a bath. This allows toxins to be easily released via the skin.
As we eliminate 40% of our body waste through our skin, it is always advisable to add warming essential oils to our bath.
*Avoid Cinnamon Oil in the bath unless properly diluted with a good base oil, as this oil is so heat inducing that it can cause minor burns if used incorrectly.
Pine Essential Oil is a free-radical scavenger, thus protecting our bodies from oxidative stress.
The addition of Pine Essential Oil to blended massage oils enhances the potency, and therefore the healing power, of these oil blends.
Pine Essential Oil blends particularly well with Lavender Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. It also makes a great companion of Sweet Orange Essential Oil, another amazingly potent anti-oxidant.
Pine Essential Oil For Inflammation
Pine Essential Oilanti-inflammatory as well as being an analgesic. This makes Pine Essential Oil an ideal substitute for conventional meds in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism etc.
Pine Essential Oil can only be applied topically owing to the propensity of this oil to potentially cause liver damage.
As well as being anti-inflammatory, Pine Essential Oil is also anti-allergenic.
Pine Essential Oil & Respiratory Health
immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.
Pine Essential Oil For Adrenal Fatigue & Exhaustion
Pine is recognised to be the most potent antidote to exhaustion. Whether due to emotional burdens and grief or physical over-exertion Pine Essential Oil will treat all forms of exhaustion.
It gently stimulates and slowly revitalises a beleaguered body and mind. It can even help lift someone out of a mild depression.
In this era of copious coffee and sugar consumption, along with the adrenal draining effects of using computers, our adrenals are really in trouble.
This coupled with longer working hours, and mounting financial burdens, along with political uncertainty, and it’d be fair to say we are witnessing a pandemic of adrenal dysfunction.
This is why it is so important that people know about Pine Essential Oil for adrenal fatigue, as well as other protocols that can help.
Sunshine is immensely important where adrenal fatigue is concerned also.
*For more information about adrenal fatigue and computer use, as well as our need for sunshine, please see the Jack Kruse interview with Justin Marchigiani on the Shungite Page of the Wild As The Wind website.
Side Effects Of Pine Oil
Although a relatively mild essential oil, the presence of phenols in this oil can cause skin irritation in some.
Not to be taken internally owing to the risk of liver dysfunction.
Using Pine Essential Oil
Bath Oil: Put approximately 5 drops of Pine Essential Oil in your bath with a teaspoon of base oil. As the Pine Essential Oil escapes in the vapours, add another five drops of oil during your bath, and scoop the bath water all over your body. Breath deeply as you do this for optimal respiratory support.
Massage Oil: Add approximately ten to twelve drops of Pine Essential Oil to a tablespoon of base oil. If using Pine Essential Oil as a massage oil for pain and inflammation use Almond Oil as your base.
*Almond Oil in naturally anti-inflammatory.
Difusing: Add one drop of Pine Essential Oil to your diffuser.
Inhalation: For respiratory conditions, place two or three drops of Pine Essential Oil to a bowl of boiling water. Place your head above the bowl at a comfortable distance, avoiding the risk of burning yourself with the steam, and then place a towel over your head, extending it around the bowl, ensuring it touches the table, creating a sealed environment within which to inhale the Pine Essential Oil fumes.
Wild As the Wind supplies a very fine Organic Pine Essential Oil
The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.
Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.
We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price.
Other resources include:
Dr Josh Axe
Dr Eric Zielinski