Essential Oils

Tsuga Oil

Derived from a tree belonging to the “pine family” is an essential oil known as Tsuga Oil. This oil is extracted from a “coniferous tree” belonging to the “Tsuga candensis” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is derived from the “twigs and needles” of the tree using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, this oil comprises of a “woody” aroma” and is “yellowish to colourless” in terms of appearance. The coniferous tree from which this oil is obtained is mainly found in the eastern region of North America.

A. Chemical constituents of Tsuga Oil:

This oil is extracted from a “coniferous tree” belonging to the “Tsuga candensis” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil also consists of organic compounds such as bornyl acetate, beta phellandrene, limonene, alpha pinene, 3-carene, beta pinene, myrcene and sobornyl acetate.

B. The uses and benefits of Tsuga 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. Anti-rheumatic:

This oil when used helps in suppressing a condition known as “rheumatoid arthritis”, and thereby serves as an anti-rheumatic.

2. Analgesic:

This oil exhibits an “analgesic” property when used and thereby helps in relieving pain caused by headaches, sprains etc.

3. Antiseptic:

This oil also serves as an “antiseptic”, and thus helps in the treatment of wounds by destroying disease causing microbes.

4. Antibacterial:

This oil when used also serves as an “antibacterial” by destroying disease causing bacteria.

5. Antifungal:

This oil when used can also help in the treatment of fungal infection such as ringworm, and thereby serve as an antifungal.

C. The adverse effects of Tsuga Oil:

There are a couple adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:

  1. This oil when used can severely affect pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.
  2. This oil usage is harmful to the mucous membrane, eyes, and ears.

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