Essential Oils

Pine Oil

Extracted from a “coniferous tree” is an essential oil known as Pine Oil.  This oil is derived from a type of “pine” tree belonging to the “Pinus slyvestris” in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is obtained from the cones, stumps, needles, and twigs of a pine tree using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, this oil can beautifully blend in with other oils such as cedarwood, rosemary, juniper etc. This oil is also said to consist of low toxicity levels, and hence is said to be much safer as compared to the other types.

A. Chemical constituents of Pine oil:

This oil is extracted from the cones, stumps, needles, and twigs of the “pine” tree belonging to the “Pinus slyvestris” in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil mainly comprises of organic compounds such as alpha-Terpineol, cyclic terpene alcohols, terpene hydrocarbons, ethers, and esters.

B. The uses and benefits of Pine oil:

There are a number of benefits that one can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Analgesic:

This oil when used helps in relieving pain caused by headache, sprains etc, and thereby serves as an analgesic.

2. Anti-anxiety:

This oil also exhibits an “anti-anxiety” property when used, and thereby serves by relieving anxiety in an individual by exerting a calming influence on the nerves and the brain.

3. Diuretic:

This oil when used also helps in flushing out waste material such as kidney stone from the body by stimulating urination.

4. Antiseptic:

This oil when used helps in the treatment of internal and external wounds by destroying disease causing microbes, and thereby serving as an antiseptic.

5. Antiviral:

This oil possesses an “antiviral” property and hence helps in inhibiting the growth of viruses, and thereby preventing viral infections.

C. Adverse effects of Pine oil:

There is only one major adverse effect that may occur on using this oil. It is as follows:

  1. The use of this oil can lead to irritation to the skin and mucous membrane, and hence must be used carefully.

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