Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Scotch pine essential oil or Pine oil

Scotch Pine essential oil, pinus sylvestris, has the pine scent that people are familiar with and is strongly antiseptic. The oil is used in household cleansers, as it is excellent for killing germs. Scotch pine essential oil is a natural disinfectant and an infection fighter. Pine oil is also very good in a penetrating liniment for sore muscles or joints. A preparation made from needles has been used for bladder, kidney and rheumatic complaints as a liniment for rheumatism and muscular pain, and as an inhalant for bronchitis, catarrh, colds, etc.
Scotch Pine, pinus sylvestris, is a tall evergreen tree, up to 40m high with a flat crown. It has a reddish-brown, deeply fissured bark, long stiff needles that grow in pairs, and pointed brown cones. Essential oil is obtained from steam distillation of the needles.
Scotch pine essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: eucalyptus, lavender, other spice oils and other coniferous oils.
Pine oil cautions - Dermal irritant, common sensitizing agent; otherwise non-toxic.
Pine oil properties - Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, diuretic, expectorant, rubefacient.

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