Pine Needle Essential Oil – Ever wondered why people flock to areas of abundant pine growth?
Pine Needle Essential Oil
PINUS SYLVESTRIS OIL
History: Hippocrates recommended pine for pulmonary problems and throat infections. Pliny, in his book “Natural History” emphasised its use in great detail for all problems of the respiratory system. It is said that people flock to areas of abundant pine growth since the air there is excellent for lung complaints.
Description: Pine needle is a colourless to greenish-yellow coloured mobile liquid with a strong characteristic, balsamic pine odour.
Origin: The oil is obtained by steam distillation of Pinus sylvestris needles.
Properties: antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsalmic, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticidal, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant of the adrenal cortex, circulation and nervous system.
Medicinal use: Pine’s antiseptic and expectorant properties are helpful in cases of asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis and influenza. It eases breathlessness, helps to clear the sinuses and is commonly used as a remedy for cold and cough. This is due to its abilities as an expectorant, meaning that it loosens phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate them.
Pine also stimulates the circulation and may relieve rheumatism, gout, sciatica and arthritis.