The national tree of Scotland, Pinus sylvestris can reach heights of 110 feet and live over 300 years. Its natural population reaches from Scotland (its common name is ‘Scots pine’) to eastern Siberia and up to Scandinavia. Now introduced into North America, it is one of the most widely distributed conifers in the world. It is a hardy tree often planted for erosion control, reforestation after fires, as a windbreak, and for Christmas tree harvesting. Its monitoring can help track the effect of air pollution on plants.
Pine varieties worldwide were a popular food source and medicine among many historical peoples. Hippocrates was thought to utilize the needles for respiratory treatments, and Native American tribes applied pine to scurvy, inflammation, sores, infections, and to repel insects. An extensive study of the Sami people, native to northern Sweden, revealed Scots pine as an essential food source when peeled down to the inner bark. This bark was then eaten raw as a delicacy or ground into a flour for soup thickening. Although other pine varieties are valued for essential oil use today, Scots pine remains a user favorite.
Favorite uses are as a cleanser, respiratory aid, and fatigue reliever. It is thought effective at cleansing sinuses and increasing airflow to the lungs, and is sometimes preferred by those with chronic breathing difficulties. It has also been known to reduce muscular pain when added to bathwater or massaged within a carrier oil, and may similarly reduce headaches when rubbed diluted onto the temples. A mental focus and energy booster, it is recommended for diffusion when completing tedious or strenuous tasks. Aromatherapy users find pine instills positivity, restores self confidence, and dissipates negative self images.Organic pine essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy staple. You will absolutely love the deep woodsy scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Pine
- Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
- Country of Origin: Bulgaria
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Twigs and Needles
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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