9 Amazing Benefits of Pine Essential Oil

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The health benefits of pine essential oil may include its possible ability to reduce inflammation and associated redness, protect against sinus infections, clear mucus and phlegm, treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, boost the immune system, fight fungal and viral infections, stimulate the mind and body, and protect your home and body from a variety of germs.

Pine Essential Oil

Pine essential oil is obtained from the tree commonly known as pine, which has the scientific name Pinus sylvestris. It is believed that this tree originated in Austria and Russia before spreading to different parts of the world. If you are still not sure what tree we are referring to, you have probably seen it used as a Christmas tree all over the world! One of the reasons that pine oil has become such an important element in supplemental health is its availability. It is relatively easy to make, and pine trees grow in huge numbers all over the world.

The numerous health benefits of pine essential oil have made it one of the most important essential oils used in aromatherapy. Pine essential oil blends well with many other oils including cedarwood, rosemary, lavandin, sage, labdanum, and juniper, and therefore, it can be widely used in aromatherapy. It has very low toxicity, so it is one of the safest essential oils, although some people are sensitive and can suffer from mild respiratory irritation when inhaling too much of this powerful oil. [1]

Health Benefits of Pine Essential Oil

The health benefits of pine essential oil are attributed to its potentially antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic, energizing, antiseptic, and aromatic properties. Explained below are the health benefits of pine essential oil;

A bottle of pine essential oil with pine cone and a branch on a wooden table

Pine Essential Oil is reputed to enhance the hair’s natural smoothness and shine. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

May Aid in Skin Care

One of the most important health benefits of pine essential oil is its possible role in treating various skin problems. Dermatologists often prescribe this oil for treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, poor skin, scabies, sores, and fleas. It can gives you a balanced, smooth, renewed, and shiny skin and can also act as an antioxidant for free radicals which have a negative impact on your skin. Free radicals attack healthy skin cells and cause them to mutate, resulting in premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Pine essential oil can combat these negative effects. [2]

May Have Certain Cosmetic Applications

Pine essential oil also has a mesmerizing essence and gives a sweet aroma to the cosmetics. It is also used to make perfumes and scented products. Furthermore, pine essential oil is known to remove lice from the hair, and is widely used as massage and bath oil. That’s why you so commonly see pine oil as a part of soaps and even cleaning products. [3]

May Boost Metabolism

Pine essential oil also may increase metabolism and boosts your activity levels. It is also helpful in purifying the body due to its potential ability to treat intestinal problems. It is a diuretic in nature and helps remove excess water from your body through urination. By stimulating the frequency and quantity of urine, you eliminate more uric acid, excess water, salt, and fat from your body. It may also keep the kidneys healthy because they don’t have to filter the toxins more than once. Pine essential oil is also used in case of food poisoning because it can stimulate the body to process as well as eliminate toxins at a faster rate through urination. [4]

May Relieve Pain

Pine essential oil is considered an analgesic and is, therefore, a good remedy for people suffering from joint pain and arthritis. Besides being a potential analgesic, it is also known to be an anti-inflammatory agent, meaning that it can reduce inflammation and redness of the affected areas, simultaneously eliminating the pain. [5]

May Relieve Stress

The health benefits of pine oil may also include some emotional benefits. It can create an energized feeling and is effective for removing mental stress from any number of sources. It is also used medicinally for removing adrenal fatigue and refreshing your spirits since it is an excellent mood elevator. Getting regularly massaged with pine essential oil can give you mental clarity, and it relieves anxiety and nervous tension. Finally, it has been shown to be quite useful for people suffering from weakened concentration and memory loss. Although additional research is needed in this area, it has been traditionally used for this purpose in many cultures. [6]

May Aid in Eye Care

The potential ability of pine essential oil to neutralize free radicals through its antioxidant capacity also represents a positive impact on eye health. Macular degeneration, cataracts, and a number of other vision-related conditions are due to the presence of free radicals in our system that cause the degradation of our cells. Pine essential oil has been connected with improving eye health and protecting them from natural, age-related failure. [7]

May Reduce Infections

Pine oil is a natural remedy for various infections, including Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). This protective property is due once again to its antibacterial components. [8]

May Treat Injuries

Pine essential oil is known to be an antiseptic and is regularly used to treat boils, cuts, sports injuries, and Athletes’ Foot. This is not only due to its antiseptic properties, but also its anti-fungal characteristics. Fungal infections are some of the most dangerous and difficult conditions to treat, and if they become internal, they can even be fatal. Therefore, using pine essential oil to cleanse your system of any fungal infections is a very good idea. [9]

May Relieve Respiratory Problems

Pine essential oil is very helpful for potentially curing respiratory problems and is commonly used as a remedy for colds and coughs. This is due to its abilities as an expectorant, meaning that it can loosen phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate them. [10]

By reducing the amount of deposition in your respiratory tracts, your body is able to fight the initial infection faster and reduce your recovery time.

Pine essential oil is great for reducing the inflammation of the gallbladder and the incidence of gallstones. Pine oil is also added to many household products due to its powerfully pleasant aroma. These include room sprays, volatile liquids, and room fresheners.

Internal consumption of pine essential oil can be dangerous because there is a possibility of kidney damage. It should also not be given to people who are suffering from kidney disorders. Furthermore, pine essential oil can cause irritation on highly sensitive skin, so it must be used only in a diluted form. Children and elderly people should not be given pine essential oil as it may cause hypertension and irritation.

Normally, pine essential oil is obtained using steam distillation. Fresh twigs and needles are most often used for extracting the oil. Pine cones are also used by many manufacturers for obtaining the oil, and since pine trees are so abundant in nature, the oil is very cheap and widely available.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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