Pine Needle Essential Oil (Scotch)
Description: There are a great many species of Pine and our Pine Needle Essential Oil is distilled from the beautiful Pinus sylvestris, also known as Scotch, or Scots, Pine. This is the type of Pine Needle essential oil most commonly used by aromatherapists and often described as stimulating, refreshing and purifying. The fresh, resinous, “piney” aroma of this essential oil will feel familiar to many people due to its frequent use in household cleaning products, although we find the essential oil to have a more pleasing aromatic note than that of the typical kitchen-cleaning liquid!
Pine trees can live a very long time and the oldest living pine is said to be over 4000 years old! We find that the aroma of the essential oil of Pine Needle enables us to connect with that strength and endurance by reminding us of this magnificent tree. We hope it will do the same for you.
Uses: Various types of Pine have a long and remarkable history of use in herbal medicine and almost all parts of the plant, including needles, cones, bark and resin have been historically used by indigenous people around the world to yield either a tea, a salve, or food. The inner bark of many pines, for example, is edible and highly nutritious and was a staple food for many Native American and Native Canadian peoples (do NOT use Pine Needle Essential Oil internally). While indigenous people did not have the means to extract Pine Needle Essential Oil, modern aromatherapists claim that it is helpful in cases of chest congestion and this has likely been the most frequent reason for it’s use by aromatherapists.
Salves made from pine resin were used by indigenous people for easing body aches and today the essential oil is sometimes added to salves for the same use. This is a bit risky, however, as Pine Needle Essential Oil can be a skin irritant and can also cause sensitization when applied to the skin (see below).
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: Scotch Pine Needle Essential Oil is a potential skin irritant and skin sensitizer and should always be diluted in a fatty carrier (such as a vegetable oil) to a concentration of no more than 1.5% before use on the skin. Use of this essential oil in a bath is not recommended. Also, this essential oil oxidizes readily and should not be kept for more than 6 months (12 months with refrigeration).
The best way for most users to employ Scotch Pine Needle Essential oil is by using 1 or 2 drops in a blend for inhalation (steam inhalation or diffuser), since this method of use avoids problems with skin irritation or sensitization.
Buying Precautions: When buying “Pine” or “Pine Needle” essential oil it’s important that you buy the right one: the oil from Pinus sylvestris is considered generally safe when used appropriately but other species that produce “Pine” or “Pine Needle” Essential Oil are regarded as hazardous: an example of a hazardous selection is the so-called “Dwarf Pine” Essential Oil that is extracted from Pinus pumilio. Always look at the Latin name given on a company’s website to insure that you are getting the right product! And never buy any essential oil that is not identified with the Latin name as well as the common name of the plant from which it was distilled.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.