A strong, dry-balsamic, turpentine like odor. Distilled needles. The oil from P. sylvestris is considered on of the most useful and safest pine oils to use in aromatherapy.
According to Fischer-Rizzi she describes pine:
'The Pine tree is a symbol of an uncompromising will to live, endurance, strength and free spirit that refuses to conform or live in servitude.|
The oil awakens one's spirit and it is good for people who lack courage,perseverance, self confidence and patience.'
Historical & Traditional Uses:
Pines are among the most important commercial trees.
Used extensively in pharmaceutical preparations for:
- cough and cold medicines.
- vaporizing fluids.
- nasal decongestants.
- analgesic ointments.
Pine oil has also been used for:
- room fresheners.
- soaps and detergents.
- A cleansing and invigorating oil, promoting feelings of energy and well being.
- Refreshing, energizing and stimulating. Refreshing to a tired mind.
- A good disinfectant.
- Fleas, it is said, just cannot stand the scent of Pine.
- for sinus and bronchial congestion: pine with eo's such as cajeput, peppermint, cucalyptus, 1.8-cineol-rich eucalyptus, niaouli or tea tree.
- for relief of muscular pain and inflammation: black pepper, cajeput, ginger,kunzea, spike lavender, peppermint or rosemary.
- for fatigue and nervous exhaustion: basil, black pepper, ginger, lemon, peppermint or rosemary.
Pine oils are not commonly used in perfumery.
External use ONLY.
Do NOT use undiluted on the skin.
Store away from children and pets.
* All pine oils contain a high percentage of monoterpene hydrocarbons. It is recommended to store them in dark airtight containers, in the refrigerator to avoid oxidation.
Dwarf Pine (pinus pumilio) another more toxic species, should be avoided.
Has been reported to be a dermal irritant and dermal sensitizer to certain individuals.
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