Although pine oil can cause allergic reactions, it is very useful
to relieve mental, physical and sexual fatigue, while having a
cleansing and clearing effect on a room. Even though it can be used
in cystitis, hepatitis and prostate problems, as well as to improve
circulation and to relieve rheumatism, gout, sciatica and
arthritis, it should be done so with care due to the sensitizing
nature of this oil.
Pine oil has a fresh forest smell, is pale yellow in color and
watery in viscosity.
Origin of pine oil
This evergreen tree can grow up to 40 meters (130 feet) and has a
flat crown and has a reddish-brown, deeply fissured bark,
needle-like gray-green leaves that grow in pairs, orange-yellow
flowers and pointed brown cones.
It is extensively cultivated for its wood, tar, pitch, turpentine
and essential oil and was used by the Native Americans to prevent
scurvy. Mattresses where stuffed with the needles to repel lice and
fleas and the ancient Egyptians used pine kernels in their cooking.
Our product is extracted by steam distillation of the twigs and
buds and yields about 0.1 -.05 %, although another type of oil can
also be extracted by steam distilling the needles.
The main chemical properties of pine oil are borneol, bornyl
acetate, a and b-phallandrene, a and b-pinene and 3-carene.
Although pine and pine needle oil is considered non-toxic and
non-irritant in low dosage it should still be used with care on the
skin, since it can cause irritation in high dosage and may
sensitize the skin as well. The oil from the dwarf pine (Pinus
mugo. var. pumilio) is a dermal irritant and a sensitizing agent.
Should you be prone to allergic skin reactions or are pregnant -
rather give this oil a miss.
The therapeutic properties of pine oil are antimicrobial,
antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal,
balsamic, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant,
hypertensive, insecticidal, restorative, rubefacient, adrenal
cortex stimulant as well as stimulant to the circulation and
Pine oil is most useful to relieve mental, physical and sexual
fatigue, while having a cleansing and invigorating effect on an
area and is great for vapor therapy in a sick room as it promotes
It can be used for cuts and sores, scabies and lice and for
excessive perspiration, while its warming properties help with
rheumatism, arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains and it can
stimulate circulation. Furthermore it can help in cases of
bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, colds and flu. It
eases breathlessness and sinusitis.
As a general kidney cleanser, it is effective with cystitis,
prostate problems and urinary infections and can also help with
nervous exhaustion, neuralgia and mental fatigue.
Pine oil can be useful in the treatment of the respiratory tract,
for muscular aches and pains, and as a urinary cleanser.
- Burners and vaporizers
- In vapor therapy it can be used for asthma, colds, coughs, smokers
cough, drowsiness, hangover and sinusitis.
- Blended oil or in the bath
- In a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, it can be used for
asthma, cellulite, colds, coughs, hangover, infections, rheuma