Needles, Steam distilled, Russia
Pine is a wonderful remedy to use as an inhalant for many types of lung ailments, as well as sinusitis. It can be used to promote healing from the effects of smoking. It is also stimulating for the adrenals and for overall circulation. It is used in many deodorizing products. It is effective in use against certain classes of bacteria.
Our organic Scotch Pine essential oil is distilled from the needles of Pinus sylvestris trees; this oil, according to author/aromatherapist Julia Lawless, is therapeutically one of the safest and most useful.1 The scent of Pine is one of the most recognizable household aromas, found in a multitude of cleaning products, commonly (and sadly) as an artificial version of true pine needle oil. When diffused, only botanical, true Scotch Pine essential oil provides to our homes and other environments the purity and freshness of a walk among the stately trees of a pine forest, purifying and cleansing the air we breathe, clearing negative energy, providing protective energy, and many other aromatherapeutic benefits for the health of our physical, emotional, and etheric/spirit bodies.
Coniferous trees in general – pine, spruce, fir – are the guardian trees of our planet with their specific purifying, cleansing constituents. The majority of those present in Scotch Pine are a group of monoterpene hydrocarbons, specifically α-pinene and β-pinene at 42% and 27%, respectively, limonene at 8%, β-myrcene at more than 5%, and many others.2
Traditionally, Native Americans used the needles and young shoots of Pinus sylvestris trees stuffed into bedding to eliminate lice and fleas, and to prevent scurvy3 most likely by making an infusion or tea of the needles that have a notable ascorbate (Vitamin C) content.4
Aromatic Profile: Strong, fresh, dry-balsamic turpentine/pine-like aroma with a peculiar sweet-coniferous topnote.
Appearance: Clear, transparent, mobile liquid.
Use: Aromatherapy, Natural Perfumery.
Blending Suggestions: Dilute and add drop by drop to your blends until the desired effect is achieved.
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, Cinnamon and other spice oils, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrtle, Neroli, Niaouli, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Tea Tree. “Its characteristic, fresh topnote and the peculiar sweetness in this topnote are the main features of this oil.”5
Safety Considerations: Skin sensitization if oxidized; to avoid oxidation, store in a dark, air-tight container in the refrigerator.6 Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
1 Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 2013, p. 165.
2 Industry Communication.
3 Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 2013, p. 165.
4 “Seasonal changes in antioxidant levels of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) needles exposed to industrial pollution | ascorbate and thiol content,” by Stanislawa Pukacki and Pawel Pakacki, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, Vol. 22(4), 2000, 451-456. doi: 10.1007/s11738-000-0088-0
5 Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, 1960, p. 541.
6 Tisserand, Robert and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed., 2014, p. 398.