There is a good reason why some home cleaning solutions have a pleasant pine fragrance. Pine oil has excellent germicidal and disinfectant properties.
Pine Oil – Properties
The father of ancient medicine, Hippocrates, used to worship the pine, saying that it has a powerful healing effect over the respiratory system. Similarly, the native Americans used the pine needles to keep the lice and bedbugs away.
Pine oil is obtained by extracting the essential oils from the pine’s needles. It is an extremely powerful remedy, similar to the eucalyptus or tea tree essential oils. These oils act as healing agents against the harmful microorganisms and are extremely valuable to have in the home pharmacy and the detergents’ cabinet.
The therapeutic effects of pine essential oil are due to the high content of phenols, acidic chemical substances that can be found in the plants. They help eliminate the germs and diseases. The pine oil has a healing effect for the endocrine system, helping the body cleanse the skin impurities.
The pine essential oil can also be regarded as a mental tonic that stimulates the mental balance and an immunity booster.
Indications and Benefits
Nasal and Pulmonary Congestion
Pine essential oil acts like an expectorant and decongestant, helping the body eliminate and dissolve the mucus exscess in the nose and lungs. It also reduces the risk of sinus infections.
Inflammations and Pains
Pine essential oil is so powerful that it can reduce the redness and swelling in those with joint pains. When applied externally, this can ease the muscle pains, thanks to its analgesic properties. When added to the bath water or used with other oils as massage, it can ease the rheumatic pains.
Degenerative Diseases and Premature Aging
Thanks to its antioxidant property that neutralizez the harmful free radicals, pine oil slows down the deterioration process of the body cells. At the same time, it slows down the aging process. The antioxidants protect us against the eye diseases (cataracts and macular degeneration), muscle degeneration and nervous system diseases.
Flu and Cold, Bronchial Infections
The pine oil is a natural anti-viral agent that keeps us away from flu and cold. With a balanced diet based on foods rich in vitamin C, the pine essential oil can help us go through the cold season with less flu and cold episodes.
The studies realized at the Maryland University have shown that the pine oil helps the body fight against the bronchial infections. Used as inhalation, the pine oil frees the sinuses in case of upper respiratory infections.
Aromatherapy for Body and Mind
When used in aromatherapy candles, the pine oil has an energizing and stimulating effect for the physical and mental state. As an aromatherapy agent, the pine oil can be used to combat chronic fatigue and mild depression.
Toxins and Infections
The pine oil acts as an toxic agent for the harmful organisms. When used regularly, the pine oil can protect us against urinary tract infections or skin infections.
Thanks to its disinfectant and purifying properties, the pine oil can be extremely useful in a large variety of skin problem: acne, athlete’s foot, boils, eczema or itches. When applied on the scalp, it can be used as a remedy for dandruff or dried scalp.
Germs, Bacteria and Mold
Pine oil is an exceptional cleaning agent thanks to its disinfectant properties and penetrating aroma. It can be added in spray bottles to cleand and refresh the air in the home. It helps destroy the bacteria in the house, including the mold spores, candidiasis or E.coli.
How to Use It
You can add 4 – 6 drops of essential oil in the bath tub or dilute it with olive oil and apply on the affected areas by massaging gently. Use it for respiratory problems, joint pains etc. You can also use it for inhalations (3 – 4 drops to 1 liter of hot water) or aromatherapy. If you wish to prepare the pine oil at home, you can let a few crushed pine needles infuse in olive oil. Make sure the oil covers them completely. Let them soak for 6 weeks.
The pine essential oil must used with caution because it’s extremely powerful. When used undiluted, it can irritate the skin and mucous membranes. The internal consumption can be dangerous for the health.