Scotch Pine Oil Benefits
In today’s article, I wanted to look at some benefits of Scotch Pine Oil. Scotch pine oil benefits are wide-ranging and include not only the well-known uses for cleaning, but also some interesting uses for your body.
Pine has been used for centuries for various things. The ancient Greeks used pine and even the great physician Hippocrates studied and used pine. The inner white bark of the pine tree is high in Vitamins A and C. The Native Americans used it as a source of food by either eating it raw or grinding it into a flour. The flour would be used in cooking or to thicken soups.
Since pine is rich in the vitamins listed above it has been used in traditional medicine for a number of uses as well. It also has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant effects. Some ancient cultures would boil pine needles to make a tea to fight colds and flu.
Scotch Pine Oil Benefits
Let’s look at the benefits you can enjoy from Scotch Pine oil.
There is a reason many cleaning products smell like pine. Pine oil can disinfect surfaces and can also clean the air. By diffusing pine essential into the air in your home you can rid the air of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts that can cause you to become sick. The clean fresh scent will make the air in your home smell just like a forest, or for some, it may invoke memories of Christmas.
You can make your own cleaning products using pine essential oil as well. In a large spray bottle mix water, 15 drops of pine essential oil and 1-2 oz. of Witch Hazel. Since essential oils don’t mix with water the Witch Hazel is used to help disperse the pine oil throughout the water. Be sure and shake well each time you use it. Now you can spray the cleaning solution on hard surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom to clean and disinfect. This is an all-natural cleaner that can help you avoid the harsh chemical found in commercial cleaning solutions.
You can also make this easy DIY foaming carpet cleaner with pine instead of peppermint. Simply substitute 10 drops of pine essential oil for the peppermint essential oil in the recipe. For general freshening of carpets, you can also make your own DIY carpet freshener. Just use pine essential oil in place of the citrus oils called for in the recipe. Not only will your home and carpets smell fresh, but you save a large amount of money by doing it yourself versus buying a commercial carpet freshener.
If you have pets you know that it can be a real headache to keep fleas out of your home. Once again our ancestors can teach us a thing or two. In the past, many cultures would stuff pine needles into their mattresses to repel lice and fleas. You can use this knowledge to rid your home of fleas too. Just mix 10-15 drops in a large spray bottle with water and 1-2 oz. of Witch Hazel. Spray carpets, bedding, and furniture where your pets spend time. Fleas hate the smell of pine and it also may kill them as an added bonus.
* Caution- do not apply directly to your pets. Ingesting even small amounts of essential oils can be harmful or fatal to small animals. Pets that tend to lick their fur can ingest essential oils when they lick it off. Better to be safe and not apply to your pet’s fur.
Another of the great scotch pine oil benefits is that it can kill bacteria and fungi in the air that contribute to allergy symptoms. Diffusing scotch pine essential oil can help you naturally diminish allergy symptoms by helping to clean the air in your home.
Scotch pine essential oil also acts as a natural decongestant and expectorant. This can help you loosen mucus in the nose and lungs so you can expel it by blowing your nose or coughing. Since it can kill airborne bacteria and viruses it may also help you prevent a cold or the flu. You can also make a homemade vapor rub by adding 5 drops of scotch pine and 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oils into 2 ozs of coconut oil and rubbing on the chest and neck. Be sure and perform a patch test before applying to the skin to prevent any issues with sensitivity.
Scotch Pine Oil Can Boost Mood And Energy
Feeling a little down in the dumps? Try diffusing scotch pine essential oil in your home or office. It is said that it can help boost energy and help you feel more focused and self-confident. It may also improve your ability to remember details when you are working on a project. You can also use a car diffuser to help you stay focused and awake while driving.
Anti-inflammatory & Natural Pain Reliever
You can use scotch pine essential oil diluted in a carrier oil for minor aches and pains. Sore joints and muscles can be relieved by diluting a few drops of scotch pine essential oil in a carrier oil like grapeseed oil or coconut oil. Rub it into sore muscles and joints to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Helps Prevent Wound Infections
Minor cuts and scrapes can become worse if you let them get infected. Another of scotch pine oil benefits is that it can prevent infection of minor wounds due to its antimicrobial properties. Diluting with a carrier oil and applying it to a bandage or directly to a wound can help kill harmful bacteria that could cause infection. An animal study also found that the constituents in scotch pine essential oil help to heal scald burns in mice.
Natural Skin Treatment
Pine essential oil is used for many skin conditions, including acne. In fact, many dermatologists prescribe pine oil for treating acne and a host of other skin conditions. Additionally, the essential oil from pine contains constituents with antioxidant properties. It can help reduce the look of aging skin and help reduce oxidative cell damage to the skin. This can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
I bet you had no idea that essential oil from a pine tree had so many benefits. It is also an inexpensive essential oil so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to get all the benefits from this amazing essential oil. Be sure and check out our online store or simply use the link below to get yours today.