Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
Synonym: Forest Pine, Scotch Pine, Pine Needle
Botanical Family: Pinaceae
Country of Origin: Northern Europe, North America, North East Russia, Scandinavia
Plant Part: needles and cones
Extraction Method: steam distillation
Characteristics: Balsamic, woody
Antiphlogistic, antiseptic, balsamic, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, disinfectant, expectorant, restorative, rubefacient, sudorific, stimulant, tonic
Borneol, bornyl acetate, terpinyl acetate, cadinene, camphene, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene, sylvestrene
Mind & Spirit:
- Good for mental fatigue.
- Powerful antiseptic
- Excellent for viral infections such as coughs, colds and flu
- Useful for sinusitis, muscular aches, rheumatism, sciatica and arthritis
- Both warming and cooling
- Eases breathlessness
- Effective with cystitis and prostate problems.
Dwarf Pine is toxic, Pinus Sylvestris should be used in moderation as it can irritate sensitive skins
Odour Intensity: Un-referred
Blends well with:
Cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, tea tree
Pine was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks for respiratory problems and muscular aches. It is still used in saunas throughout Scandinavia. The needles were burnt to drive away infections and insects and clear rooms of germs. The North American Indians used it to prevent scurvy and stuffed mattresses to repel lice and fleas. Pine is also used to produce turpentine. It is a common ingredient in soaps, bath salts and cleaning products. Valuable for its deodorising and disinfectant properties.