Pine Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
Plant Part: Needles and twigs
Cultivation: Conventional Farming
Scotch Pine, or Scot’s Pine, has grown from Scotland to Siberia in Europe and, although pine trees are native to North America, it is recorded that the Scotch Pine actually came over in colonial days from Europe. The Native Americans used it in teas to prevent scurvy, and the colonists stuffed mattresses with pine wool, made from the needles of the Scotch pine tree. Turpentine is made from the distilled resin of the Scotch pine, while the essential oil is distilled from the needles and twigs of the tree. We love the Scotch pine for its blue-green needled beauty as a Christmas tree, and we also love the benefits it has as an essential oil.
Scotch Pine essential oil smells like fresh air, and there are many ways to use this oil from healing to cleaning your home. Here are just a few ways:
- Cleaning: Scotch Pine, or pine scent, has been used for cleaners for years, for very good reasons. Pine is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. It can freshen the air, the laundry, and, used in cleaners, makes the whole house smell like a breath of fresh air. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antiseptic, so adding a few drops to your spray bottle of water and white vinegar makes an inexpensive and highly effective disinfectant cleaner for bathroom and kitchen counters, appliances, doorknobs, etc.
- Urinary System: Scotch Pine oil is a natural diuretic that stimulates the frequency and quantity of flow of urination to eliminate excess water, uric acid crystals, salts and fats. It supports the healthy function of the kidneys and urinary tract, preventing UTI’s, and assists with weight control.
- Massage: Use Scotch Pine oil in your massage oil, or carrier oil like almond or jojoba, and massage into aching muscles and joints. It has natural analgesic properties that go to work fast to eliminate pain, and anti-inflammatory properties that relieve lactic acid production, soothe muscles and joints and help you recover fast.
Tip: Whenever you want a little pick-me-up during the day, just diffuse some Scotch Pine in your mist diffuser or put a drop mixed with a drop of carrier oil between your palms and inhale the lovely forest scent, and your mood and energy will instantly lift!