Pine Essential Oil (Egypt)
Active Ingredient: a-pinene: 39.7%, b-pinene: 24.8%
Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris
Plant Part: Needles and Twigs
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: This evergreen tree can grow up to 40 meters (130 feet) and has a flat crown. The bark is a reddish-brown that is deeply fissured with needle-like gray-green leaves that grow in pairs, orange-yellow flowers, and pointed brown cones. It is not as readily available as regular pine trees accounting for the price discrepancy.
Color: Colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Common Uses: Pine Essential Oil (India) is viewed as an analgesic, antibacterial, antibiotic, anti fungal, antiseptic, and as an antiviral. Aromatherapists credit its use for arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, catarrh, cholagogue, as a circulatory agent, for colds, convalescence, coughs, cuts, cystitis, as a decongestant and deodorant. It has also been applied to eczema, those with laryngitis, lice, muscular aches, neuralgia, psoriasis, rheumatism, ringworm, scrapes, and sinusitis. Its versatility is well documented.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Citronella, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, Spikenard, and Tea Tree.
Aromatic Scent: Pine Essential Oil (India) has a crisp, fresh, sweet, forest like aroma.
History: It was used by the native Americans to prevent scurvy and the needles were used to stuff mattresses and to repel lice and fleas. The ancient Egyptians used the pine kernels in their cooking.