Pine (Pinus spp.) is a coniferous tree native to many regions of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. It is a tall, evergreen tree that can grow up to 100 feet and has needle-like leaves and cones. The Latin word for “pine tree” derives from the botanical name “Pinus.” Pine essential oil is extracted from the needles and branches of the tree through steam distillation.
It is a versatile oil widely used in aromatherapy, perfumery, and natural medicine. Pine Essential oil has a fresh, woody, and pine-like aroma and is commonly used to relieve respiratory conditions such as colds, flu, and asthma. You can inhale it directly, add it to a diffuser, or dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it topically to the skin.
Botanical Name : Pinus longifolia
CAS# : 8002-09-3
Origin : North America, Europe, and Asia
Method of Extraction : Steam Distillation
Source : Needles of the Pine Tree
Solubility : Soluble in alcohol and other organic solvents
Color & Odor : Colorless to pale yellow in colour and has fresh, woody and pine-like aroma
Constituents : α-terpineol, linalool, limonene, anethole, caryophyllene and eugenol
Specific Gravity : 0.875 to 0.878 at 30 C
Flash Point : 65 °C
Optical Rotation : -19 to -25
Major Constituents : α-terpineol, linalool, limonene, anethole, caryophyllene and eugenol
Pine essential oil has a wide range of applications and benefits, some of the most notable include:
- Aromatherapy: The fresh and invigorating aroma of pine essential oil makes it a popular choice for aromatherapy. Inhaling the oil or adding it to a diffuser can help to relieve respiratory conditions such as colds, flu, and asthma, and promote feelings of energy and vitality.
- Muscle pain relief: Pine essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties which make it effective in reducing muscle and joint pain, as well as soreness and stiffness.
- Circulation: Pine essential oil has been traditionally used to improve circulation, which can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins, and relieve muscle and joint pain.
- Natural insect repellent: Pine essential oil has natural insect-repellent properties which makes it a good option to use as a natural bug spray.
- Hair and Skin Care: Pine essential oil can be used to promote healthy hair growth and to help reduce the appearance of oily skin and acne.
- Cleaning: The oil is also a natural cleaner, it can be added to laundry, dishwasher and other cleaning solutions to leave a fresh and invigorating scent in the surroundings.
- Cooking: Culinary uses of pine essential oil are limited, but it can be used in marinades, curries, and teas for a unique pine-like flavor.
It’s important to note that pine essential oil should be used in moderation and always be diluted before using it topically, as it can cause skin irritation in some people. Always check for the authenticity and purity of the oil before using it.