Pine oil provides a pile of profound health benefits as tall as its trees. It is a colorless to pale yellow essential oil. Depending on its source, pine oil may either have a fresh, earthy, and forest-like fragrance. Pine oil is extracted through steam distillation of the needle-like foliage of the pine tree
Benefits of Pine Oil
Pine oil has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-neuralgic, and anti-rheumatic properties. It also works as a good decongestant and expectorant for respiratory ailments. In addition, pine oil is praised for its ability to naturally help:
Ease muscular stiffness and rheumatism as a rubefacient
Relax the body when added in bath
Stimulate healthy metabolism
Boost activity levels
Eliminate excess water, uric acid, salt, and fat through urination
Neutralize free radicals with its rich antioxidant capacity
Relieve urinary tract infection (UTI)
Pine oil can be used in:
Analgesic ointments, nasal decongestants, cough and cold medicines.
To protect your wool clothes from moths and other insects, pour 10 drops of pine oil onto small pieces of untreated wood. Place the pieces of wood in your closets or drawers.
Eliminate the awful smell of cigarettes and stale air by adding four drops of pine oil to one cup of water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle, shake it well, and spray it to instantly freshen up your room. Avoid spraying it on furniture.
As a workout massage oil to prevent or soothe strained muscles.
How to Make Pine Oil
The essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of fresh twigs and needles from the pine tree. In order to extract the oil, the botanical material is placed in a still and is subjected to extremely high temperatures.
What you will need:
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
2 to 3 cups pine tree needles
Large-mouth jar with lid
Mortar and pestle
Cheesecloth or fine-mesh cotton gauze
Dark bottle with cap for storage
Harvest fresh pine needles. Do not use pine needles that have fallen to the ground, as they are very likely to cause molds and spoil your essential oil.
Wash the pine needles with warm water and mild detergent soap to remove impurities. Rinse thoroughly. Pat the pine needles dry with clean paper towels. Gently bruise the leaves using mortar and pestle. Pour the sweet almond oil into the large-mouth jar.
Add all the pine needles into the jar. Cover the jar and shake it to cover the needles with almond oil. Store the jar in a warm room with an ambient temperature of at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep it out of direct sunlight. Shake the jar once a day for seven days.
After one week, put in a dark storage — for example, inside your cupboard — and allow it to age/ferment for at least 14 days. Do not shake the jar during this time period.
After 14 days, sift the oil through a piece of cheesecloth or fine-mesh cotton gauze to remove solid particles. Squeeze cheesecloth to get remaining essential oil. Transfer your homemade pine oil in a dark bottle. Cover with cap tightly to keep it fresh longer and to avoid contamination. Warning: Do not ingest homemade essential oils. Discard homemade pine oil after 10 to 12 months.
How Does Pine Oil Work?
The most common ways to administer pine oil are orally, topically, and through inhalation. In aromatherapy, pine oil is indicated and used for cuts, lice, excessive perspiration, scabies, sores on the skin, arthritis, gout, muscular aches and pains, asthma, bronchitis, common colds and flu, and stress-related conditions such as neuralgia./AgroWeb.org