Native to northern Europe and Russia, Pinus sylvestris is believed to be the only European pine to have survived the ice age. In Switzerland, pine needles are sometimes used to stuff mattresses as a way of treating rheumatic complaint.
Pine is often recommended for lung and respiratory infection, for colds and for disinfecting and deodorizing. Pine often spritzed or diffused in a room and is a wonderful for eliminating odors.
Botanical Names: Pinus sylvestris
Odor Intensity: Medium
Respiratory infections (pneumonia)
Aroma: clean, crisp, resinous, pungent.
Parts Used: Needles
Pine Essential Oils Properties: antiseptic, antiviral, antirheumatic, deodorant, disinfectant, cholagogue, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, tonic, stimulant.
Emotional concerns: Pine clears negative thoughts and helps with mental fatigue, self-esteem and emotional weakness.
Contraindications: Those with a history of prostrate cancer should avoid using pine. Pine may be a possible irritant to skin and kidneys. Do not use in large amounts in the bath.
Drop essential oils into a bowl of almost boiling water. Cover head with a towel and carefully inhale vapors deeply for five minutes. Repeat three times daily for 10 days.