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Pine oil uses and benefits

Due to its Aroma, pine essential oil is notable for its uplifting yet clearing scent. Because of this, pine essential oil can work as a room scent in a Diffuser as well as in cleaning solutions.

The internet is full of anecdotes and articles that claim pine essential oil can offer more health benefits than just a nice scent. However, most of these claims lack clinical evidence.

Air fresheners and Aromatherapy

Pine oil extracts are often used in air fresheners for homes, offices, and vehicles. Essential oils, on the other hand, may be used in Aromatherapy to create an uplifting and invigorating atmosphere, not just a nice scent.

Inhaling oils like pine may also have clearing effects in the case of illnesses like the common cold.

Skin Antimicrobial

Some proponents claim that pine essential oil may be used topically (applied to the Skin) as an Antimicrobial, similar to tea tree oil. In theory, the oil could be used for minor Skin Infections and Burns.

However, research indicates that pine oil doesn't have much Antimicrobial activity. Talk to a doctor before using pine oil for this purpose.

Reduced Inflammation

Pine essential oil is also touted as having Anti-inflammatory effects.

In theory, such effects could do two things:

Ease symptoms of inflammatory Skin conditions, such as Acne, Eczema, and Rosacea.
Alleviate Pain from related health conditions, such as Arthritis and Muscle Pain.

However, more research is needed on this front.

Other essential oils have in fact been shown to have Anti-inflammatory properties. These include:

turmeric
ginger
frankincense
peppermint

Side effects of pine oil

When used in Aromatherapy, essential oils can have effects on those who inhale them.

However, some essential oils are toxic to pets or dangerous for Pregnant women and children. It's also possible to have Skin reactions to these oils, including pine essential oil.

Possible side effects include:

redness
hives
itchiness
Dry Skin
Swelling
peeling Skin

If you are allergic to pine trees, don't use pine oil. While not considered common, some people are allergic to pine pollen. You might be allergic to pine essential oil if you develop allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing or Skin Rashes.

How to use pine essential oil

Pine essential oil can be used in a number of different ways, including inhalation and topical variations. Talk to a doctor about the following methods.

Use a Diffuser

Diffusing is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils.

You can make a quick, safe room scent by putting a few drops of pine essential oil into a Diffuser filled with water. Once the device is turned on, the Diffuser then releases cool steam.

If you don't have a Diffuser on hand, you may still reap the Aromatic benefits of pine essential oil through inhalation.

Simply pour a couple of drops on a tissue, and hold the tissue in front of your face while you inhale deeply through your Nose.

You can also try holding the bottle of essential oil underneath your Nose.

Apply it topically

Pine essential oil may be used topically, either through direct application or via a massage.

It's important to dilute pine essential oil with a carrier oil before applying directly to your Skin. Add a tablespoon of almond, jojoba, or coconut oil to a few drops of pine essential oil.

You can also use this combination for a patch test 24 hours beforehand to make sure you're not Sensitive to pine.

Add some to your bath

Essential oils can also be used in the bath. Add several drops of the essential oil to warm running water. Watch for slippery surfaces as you get in and out of the tub.

Precautions

Essential oils like pine are appealing because of their natural allure. However, these plant derivatives are powerful enough to mimic the effects of conventional medicine.

This is why it's always a good idea to talk to a doctor before using them, especially if you're Pregnant or have any preexisting health condition.

The best way to reduce the risk of side effects is to take safety precautions before using pine essential oil:

Don't use essential oils near your eyes.
Make sure to combine your essential oils with a carrier oil.
Never take essential oils by mouth.

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Benefits Of Pine Essential Oil

Aromatherapy for Dummies: Pine has disinfecting properties and is popular in cleaning blends. The oil is also used in European bath preparations for its invigorating scent and to help improve Circulation.

The Heart of Aromatherapy: Pińon pine (Pinus edulis) is useful to support the Respiratory system, soothing Allergies and sinus Congestion, clearing mucous and Congestion, calming Inflammation, and relieving Sore throat, Coughs, Headaches. The oil also helps you feel inspired, uplifted, and motivated.

The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: Pine is a common Adrenal Tonic. Although pine is generally not irritating, because of the number of different types of pine, each one needs to be tested for its irritating potential.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use scotch pine for Rheumatism, Muscle Pain and injury, Muscle Fatigue, tired and heavy legs, Gout, sinus Congestion, Bronchitis, general debility and Fatigue, and mental and Nervous exhaustion.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use scotch pine in Skin care for cuts, Sores, lice, scabies, and excessive perspiration. The oil is also useful for relieving Arthritis, Gout, Muscle aches and Pains, Rheumatism, poor Circulation, Colds, flu, Fatigue, Nervous exhaustion, and Stress-related conditions. Scotch pine supports the Respiratory system and may help relieve Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Coughs, Sinusitis, and Sore throat.

Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, scotch pine essential oil is warm and dry and tonifies Qi-energy. The oil is one of the best to clear cold phlegm from the Lungs and is useful for a variety of Respiratory conditions. Pine is a Tonic for the Lungs, Kidneys, and Nerves and helps relieve Fatigue and Nervous debility.

Subtle Aromatherapy: Scotch pine is cleansing, invigorating, and promotes feelings of energy and well-being. Use the essential oil to clear your healing or Meditation space.

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Scotch pine has a protective energy that's beneficial for highly intuitive people. The oil helps protect from negative psychic energy and unwanted influences. Mentally, this essential oil protects and strengthens the mind. Emotionally, the oil helps protect against absorbing the emotions of other people.

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Pine energizes, Rejuvenates, refreshes, clears, and cleanses. The oil is especially useful for the third Chakra to promote self-confidence, self-worth, and self-control.
Pine Oil Uses and Recipes

Add this Energizing blend to an Aromatherapy Diffuser:

7 drops pine
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil

Cleaning

Cleaning Spray

Just under 1/2 cup distilled water
Dash of white vinegar
11 drops pine
5 drops orange essential oil

Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle.
Shake well before each use.
Use the spray on non-delicate surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom, and other areas.

Cleaner for Hard Surfaces

This Cleaner is safe to use on tile, laminate, linoleum, vinyl, and wood.

1/2 teaspoon castile soap
1.5 quarts water
1/4 cup borax
1/2 cups white vinegar
10 drops pine

If this Cleaner leaves a residue on floors, rinse with 1/2 white vinegar added to 4.5 quarts of warm water.

Adapted from An Aromatic Life
Personal Blends

Rejuvenating Foot bath

4 drops pine
4 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops geranium essential oil
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (other carrier oils are also OK)

Blend all ingredients. Fill a foot tub with warm/hot water and add blend. Soak feet for at least 15 minutes.

Source: Rocky Mountain Oils

Massage Oil

For Muscle aches and Pains, blend the following massage oil:

5 drops pine
5 drops palmarosa essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 tablespoon carrier oil

Source: AromaSense