Essential Oils

Essential Oil of Pine, Benefits, Contraindications, and How to Use It

Pinus sylvestris

Perfumed essential oil rich in toning, antiseptic, and mucolytic properties

The essential pine oil is obtained from the Pinus sylvestris tree and has a typical fragrance that recalls the mountain forest and fresh wood.

From its numerous properties, it has become widely used, especially for the pleasant scent that hides its invigorating, expectorant, and antiseptic activity: Also excellent for reducing stress, asthma, and cystitis.

It is often used in winter in aerosols or humidifiers in a children’s room to clear the airways, quell coughs and relax the mind and body. It has no particular contraindications, but it is to be used with caution because it can irritate the nasal mucosa.

It is not only used in aromatherapy; this essential oil with many properties used since ancient times can also be used orally or to perform massages mixed with other oils.

Let’s discover the secrets of this plant and its many beneficial properties.

Pine essential oil: what it is?

The essential oil extracted from Scots pine offers a pleasant smell of pine and wood, which stimulates the nervous system the adrenal glands, as well as having a mucolytic effect, a sedative expectorant for cough and upper respiratory tract, antiseptic. But not only this oil is a natural lymphatic decongestant, antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, and finally a perfumed deodorant.

Scots pine essence is used to perfume indoor environments: many deodorants used are in fact produced with Scots pine essence.

But the essential oil of pine, obtained from twigs, needles, and pine cones, is another thing: it is the essence of nature, it is a natural tonic, it is an antiseptic that must be used with care and attention, respecting the recommended doses and without overdoing it because it could irritate the nasal mucous membranes or cause allergic reactions.

Let’s start by discovering everything about this common tree also in our woods and then learn about all the benefits of the essential oil.

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The Scots pine plant

Pinus sylvestris, the botanical name of the Scots pine, is part of the Conifer family. It is evergreen and spontaneous, typical of the Mediterranean scrub that can reach 40 meters in height, has a beautiful conical crown with needle-like leaves and pine cones which, after having released all the seeds (in about 3 years) become woody inconsistency. It is a tree native to Europe and northern Asia.

Properties and benefits of pine essential oil Invigorating, it helps you

It is used to relieve the sense of tiredness in people who are tired or under stress, in case of sleep disorders or nervous exhaustion.

Expectorant, if inhaled, it thins the phlegm facilitating its elimination. It is therefore used in case of colds, sinusitis, flu, cough, laryngitis, acute and chronic bronchitis, flu syndromes, asthma. The fresh and balsamic aroma helps purify the air in the rooms.

Antiseptic of the urinary tract: the essential oil of Scots pine, in addition to being a good diuretic, acts as an anti-inflammatory of the urogenital tract, proving effective in cases of prostatitis, urethritis, cystitis, and leucorrhoea. The external or internal use of this essential oil, thanks to its diuretic action, helps in gout and rheumatism.

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How to use

The essential oil obtained from pine can be used in multiple ways as follows:

In the room diffuser: put a few drops of oil in the oil burner or in the radiator humidifiers. It will be useful to purify and perfume the room.

Aromatherapy: used for its mucolytic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory power. Put three drops in the diffuser.

Fumigations to relieve nasal congestion and cold symptoms. In a basin, put 15 drops of essential pine oil, and deeply inhale the steam with your nose.

Massage: this fragrant essential oil is added to the massage oil and is a natural remedy in case of apathy, muscle fatigue, exhaustion.
Excellent toning for back and leg massages is also recommended for foot massages.

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Contraindications of Pine essential oil

Contraindicated in pregnancy and in high doses, it can irritate the mucous membranes. Applied externally at high concentrations, it can give rise to sensitizing effects. It is advisable to avoid its external use if there are skin irritations. As with any other essential oil, even for that of Scots pine, we recommend that you consult a herbalist, before use, in order to fully and safely exploit its numerous benefits.