Pine ~ Pinus sylvestris

1:20 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti



Pine is a tall evergreen tree with a flat crown and its bark is reddish brown. 


Origin 
Northern Europe and North America. Mostly from Finland and Siberia.

Aroma
A woody turpentine-like aroma. It is a calming but energizing aroma and it increases the mental alertness.

Historical and traditional uses

Hippocrates recommended the use of pine for  throat infections and pulmonary problems. Pliny emphasized the use of pine in all problems of the respiratory system. Mrs Grieve's Modern Herbal lists pine as a valuable remedy for kidney, bladder and rheumatic conditions as well as for respiratory and mucus membrane  complaints.

Indications, therapeutic actions and traditional uses
Pine is considered great for general debility and mental fatigue when inhaled. It is cleansing and invigorating. 

According to Battaglia, pine's expectorant and antiseptic properties are helpful in cases of influenza, laryngitis and bronchitis. He also says pine is useful in treating hepatitis, cystitis, prostate problems, and in reducing inflammation of the gall bladder as well as reducing gall stones. 

According to Gary Young, pine may dilate the respiratory system and it may also help with respiratory infections, coughs, cuts, scabies, skin parasites, stress, sores, nervous exhaustion and urinary infection. Young also suggests that pine may help stimulate the adrenal glands and the circulatory system.


Safety
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Do not use near fire, flame, heat or spark. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Avoid oil adulterated with turpentine, a low-cost but potentially hazardous filler.




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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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Sources:
Gary Young, ND (2006). Essential Oils, Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing
Salvatore Battaglia (1995). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion Pty Ltd



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