The scent of pine is a favorite of almost everyone;. It brings memories of cold winter days and of holidays as a child. Pine has been used therapeutically for centuries by ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Arabians. It was used in religious ceremonies as well as to treat conditions like bronchitis, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Native Americans used pine needles to make a brew to prevent scurvy. Scandinavians used pine branches in saunas and many cultures use pine needles to stuff mattresses in order to repel lice, fleas and other vermin.
Essential Oil Applications
- For asthma, bronchitis, coughs (even smokers cough,) or sore throat, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation. You can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water
- For athletes foot, cuts eczema, psoriasis, sores or other skin irritations, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and massage on the area.
- For cellulite, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the affected area often. You can also use 8-10 drops in bath water
- For colds, flu sinus congestion and or sore throats, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or steam inhalation. You can also use 8-10 drops in bath water.
- For digestive problems, use 2-3 drops in a stema inhalation. You can also mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and rub on chest and lower back.
- For sleepiness or nervous exhaustion, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
- For hangovers, use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress. you can alos use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.
If you like blends, pine mixes well with cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree and thyme.