The smell of pine always brings me back to the Christmas tree farms that I have been privileged to visit during the few years we lived in America. It’s so comforting and invigorating at the same time. A friend gave me a little cushion stuffed with real dried pine needles which I left in the wardrobe so that every time I opened the wardrobe, I smelled Christmas trees! The fragrance faded over the years but I still kept it, waiting to find a way to freshen it. Now I have! Young Living Pine Essential Oil!
I wouldn’t use any essential oil to freshen the real dried pine needles, it has to be a pure essential oil. Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure, highest grade, therapeutic-quality essential oils, extracted through steam-distillation of plants which are carefully cultivated from seeds. (Check out YL’s Seed to Seal guarantee)
Problem now is I can’t find the pine needle cushion! After a few moves, I don’t remember where I have placed it. I am on a quest to find it.
In the meantime, I have found other uses for this bottle of Pine Essential Oil. The pine tree is a very useful tree for man and has been cited in the bible many times. Most homes will have something made out of pine wood as it is relatively light but durable and not expensive to grow. The Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition, lists the following for Pine:
Historical Data: Pine was first investigated by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, for its benefits to the respiratory system. In 1990, Dr Pénoël and Dr. Franchomme described pine oil’s antiseptic properties in their medical textbook. Pine is used in massage for stressed muscles and joints. It shares many of the same properties as Eucalyptus Globulus, and the action of both oils is enhanced when blended. Native Americans stuffed mattresses with pine needles to repel lice and fleas. It was used to treat lung infections and even added to baths to revitalize those suffering from mental or emotional fatigue.
The uses of pine oil listed are: throat/lung/sinus infections, rheumatism/arthritis, skin parasites, urinary tract infection. When inhaled, it can relieve anxiety and revitalize mind, body and spirit.
Recently, when my 13 yo son was fighting a chesty cough and when his usual RC and Raven couldn’t clear the phlegm completely, I gave him Pine. He had asthma as a very young child and has pretty much gotten over it, but once in a while, he gets a nasty bug which makes him cough longer than a few days. His cough wasn’t too serious but it was annoying to hear the bits of phlegm stuck in his chest and his dad was worried that he would get a lung infection. Did you catch the line about pine oil being used to treat lung infections above? So it seemed to be the right oil for my son! And it was. He could feel it himself. Raven opened up his airways and Pine cleared up the last bits of phlegm.
So now Pine has joined our family’s bag of regular oils. I’ve got to find that pine needle cushion!
Pine is available from the USA office and is one of the cheaper oils at US$15.
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Oh! I forgot to mention that it was noted in the Desk Reference to beware of pine oils adulterated with turpentine, a low-cost, but potentially hazardous, filler. @@ I have seen turpentine listed in the ingredient list of one of my dad’s Chinese medicated oils for aches and pains. He was shocked when I pointed it out to him and he immediately threw it out. He’s been using Young Living Wintergreen oil since then. Turpentine is extracted from the resin of certain pine trees, whereas Young Living Pine Essential Oil is steam-distilled from the pine needles. Although turpentine has been used as medicine for aches and pains (found in Vicks vapor rub apparently), the side effects are scary. Here’s an extract from WebMD:
Turpentine oil is POSSIBLY SAFE when adults use it on their skin or inhale it appropriately. When used on the skin, it can cause skin irritation. When inhaled, turpentine oil can cause spasms of the airways, particularly in people with asthma and whooping cough.Turpentine oil is UNSAFE when taken by mouth or used over a large area of skin. Turpentine oil, when taken by mouth, can cause serious side effects including headache, sleeplessness, coughing, bleeding in the lungs, vomiting, kidney damage, brain damage, coma, and death. Special Precautions & Warnings: Children: Do not let children take turpentine oil by mouth. It is UNSAFE. Children are particularly sensitive to the chemicals in turpentine oil, and they can die after swallowing it. There isn’t enough information to know whether turpentine oil can be safely inhaled by children or put on their skin. It’s best to avoid any use of turpentine oil in children. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to take turpentine oil by mouth. It might cause a miscarriage. Not enough is known about the safety of putting it on the skin or inhaling it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Lung problems, including asthma or whooping cough: Don’t inhale turpentine oil if you have a lung problem. It might make your condition worse.
Best to keep turpentine as a paint solvent!