Pine needle
(Pinus sylvestris)

Family: Pinaceae

Description: Pine is also known as Scotch pine, and is a tall evergreen tree with distinctive fissured, reddish-brown bark, needle-type leaves and pine cones. The essential oil is sometimes steam-distilled from the needles, young branches and cones, but the best oil for aromatherapy use comes from dry distillation of the needles.
Countries of origin: Austria, Hungary, America, Finland, Russia

Characteristics: Pine has fresh, turpentine, camphoraceous top notes and dry, sweet, balsamic, woody undertones. It blends well with most other woods and herbs, and also with lavender and lemon.
Main therapeutic properties: Anti-microbial, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-viral, bactericidal, balsamic, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, rubefacient, tonic.

 

Pine is an excellent expectorant and is especially indicated for pulmonary complaints. It is among the best choices to clear phlegm from the lungs, and is good for sinusitis and all bronchial conditions. It is a tonic of the lungs, kidneys and nervous system. It’s clear, piercing action also makes pine helpful in relieving fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Overall, pine is restorative, reviving and strengthening.
Its stimulating and analgesic properties make pine a good choice to use in compresses and massage after over-exertion and sports injuries. Pine can also help with cystitis and other urinary tract complaints, especially if the kidneys are weak.
Psychologically, pine is warming and cleansing. It tones subtle energy and is good burned before meditations to psychically cleanse the space. Pine instils self-confidence and allays guilt, helping to bring about acceptance tolerance and forgiveness.

Contraindications: Do not use it you have sensitive skin. Use carefully in small amounts,