From the needles of the Scotch Pine, this oil is a wonderful surprise. I have never liked Pine Essential Oil (a surprise, since I love most of the other conifers…fir, spruce, etc.). But to me, pine smelled like bathroom cleaner. Yuck! Because I disliked the pine oils I had experienced, I probably never sought out a better specimen. But it found me. Free, heady, the freedom of the mountain tops. I have since learned that commercial distillers are apt to label any combination of any pine species “Pinus sylvestris” and perhaps that explains why my earlier samples were not of this caliber. True, pure scotch pine is a rare oil, not to be limited to cleaning bathrooms!
Physically, all pine oils are antiseptic, anti-fungal and detoxifying. For detoxifying, use it in a sauna, It enters the body through inhalation and expels toxins through perspiration. A few drops of Pine and either Lemon or Lemon Eucalyptus in a scrub bucket cleans all surfaces, aiding in the elimination of unwanted bacteria and fungi on floors, in the tub, etc. It’s a good addition to any cleaning mix. Ah, but what this pine will do to the emotional atmosphere of the room you have cleaned is amazing!
I think this particular Pine Essential Oil will be a wonderful addition to any “pick me up” blend, refreshing and reviving both the physical and mental spirit just like a stroll through a pine forest. When you are exhausted, but can’t stop to rest, Pine can restore energy and balance. A specific for nervous exhaustion and debility. Some authorities say that pine can be cleansing and healing for depression and hopelessness.
For coughs, colds congestion, Valnet recommends adding Pine, Eucalyptus, and Lavender to the diffuser. Pine is an excellent expectorant, helping release mucous and ease breathing. It can help clear congestion in the sinuses, lungs and bronchial passages. (For this purpose, I’d think about a steam inhalation, rather than a diffuser, the moisture of the steam will compliment the effects of the pine.
(May substitute other conifers.) Use at very low dilution, for candida, for peripheral vascular disease. for poorly perfused skin, perauthor Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes.
WARNING: Pine Essential Oil can be irritating to the skin; I prefer to use it in an airborne blend, rather than in the bath or on the skin. It should be avoided by those with allergies.
**For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil Contraindications page.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.