The fact that the pine tree grows in the northern hemisphere, and belongs to the evergreen tree, we know, but not everyone knows that the pine species in nature are more than 120 and many of them are growing in Russia: the most famous of them is Scots pine.
Essential oils are obtained from almost all species of pine, but we can use only a certain type of them with medical purposes: many of them have limitations and contraindications to use, and can cause severe allergic reactions. Therefore, before you use pine essential oil, ask the manufacturer and find out exactly what kind of pine tree it was received.
Pine essential oil is often obtained just from Scots pine - Pinus sylvestris L., - wood which is used in Russia more than any other - in different areas of the industry.
Of crushed needles of Scots pine, essential oil is obtained by steam distillation, during 5-6 hours - of course, the ecological situation in the area where pine trees grow affects the oil quality.
To get a kilo of essential oil, it is necessary to process 500 kilos of fresh pine needles – you will get yellow or clear liquid, fluid, with a pleasant scent - fresh, cool, resinous, balsamic. Shades of smell depend on where and how the pine grows, on what grounds and in what climate: flavor can be sharp, both mature and soft.
The health benefits of pine oils: uses of pine oil
Since ancient times with the help of pine oil many diseases was treated such as: rheumatism, scurvy, bleeding; it was used with frostbite and burns, open and non-healing wounds; with it people removed lice, as well as get rid of parasites of domestic animals. Even then healers knew that this oil helps with nervous disorders and relieves the state that we now call depression.
Today, thanks to numerous studies, we can say that pine essential oil has a really positive effect on the mental and emotional state: it improves concentration and reaction speed, energy and awakens quickly restores power - not only after the emotional, but also after exercise.
Pine oil also has antiseptic, antipyretic, anti-cold, anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, diaphoretic, deodorizing, toning, antiedematous action; as an additional means it is prescribed for eczema, injuries, diseases of the respiratory and urinary tract infections, rhinitis, sinusitis, acute respiratory viral infection, sore throat and asthma.
In lung diseases, accompanied by cough, pine oil improves ventilation and reduces coughing - especially chronic, resulting from pack-years of smoking.
Pine oil reduces headache, relieves dizziness and supports normal blood pressure, reduces tremors - that occurs as a result of stress or certain diseases.
If you choose the correct dosage of oil, it has a diuretic effect and reduces swelling; regular use of oil with impotence reduces the disease and in healthy men stimulates the sexual function.
After a lengthy illness and serious injury specialists also recommend the use of pine oil - it contributes to the rapid rehabilitation of patients.
As with all essential oils, pine oil has rich and complex composition and most of all it has monoterpene hydrocarbons - organic compounds of carbon and hydrogen. For example, they are pine and lemon components, commonly found in essential oils of plants, and have a warming, analgesic and antiseptic effect. There are also aldehydes, esters, camphor, rosin acids, and many other active substances in pine oil.
How to use pine oil
The use of pine essential oil is indicated in ailments and diseases such as: colds and temperature, inflammatory diseases of the throat and respiratory system; myelitis, neuralgia, neuritis, myositis, arthritis, arthritis, low back pain, accompanied by inflammation and tissue edema; with bouts of dizziness, lethargy, weakness and sweating caused by them; herpes, seborrhea, furunculosis, deep skin inflammation, acne, age spots, scars. This oil should be used routinely to people who are often exposed to stress, and has aggressive and impulsive behavior.
In cosmetology pine essential oil is used very widely: they enrich the beauty masks, toners, emulsions, creams - 5-7 drops of oil per 5 g of the base; It has a rejuvenating effect, promotes regeneration processes and improves the protection of the epidermis - the top layer of skin.
Pine oil can be used in pure form or in combination: it combines well with the following oils - eucalyptus, rosewood, citrus, juniper, sandalwood, lavender, myrtle, tea tree, thyme, rosemary, cypress, allspice.
With festering wounds lotions help: to 30 ml of boiled water, add 5 drops of oil, moisten the swab or cloth, wring out and applied to the wound for 3-5 minutes. For injuries make applications with clean pine oil.
In circulatory disorders, inflammation of the muscles and connective tissue rub vigorously the sore spots with a mixture of pine oil with any vegetable oil or oily cream - 5-7 drops of oil of pine per 10 ml of base.
Learn more about how to make pine oil.
In some diseases - for example, in inflammatory processes in the liver, kidneys and adrenal glands, pine essential oil is taken orally.
You should start with very small doses: take 100 grams of jam or honey, and mix it with 6 drops of oil; take this mixture 3 times a day for 1 teaspoon, with warm water acidulated with lemon juice.
Pine oil is used as inhalations, flavored premise: to protect against infection, tobacco smoke. This oil neutralizes tobacco smoke, perfectly eliminates any cough; aromatization of premises with it kills almost all bacteria and viruses, as bactericidal properties of oil are expressed clearly.
For the treatment of acne take pine oil and the mixture of tea tree (10 drops), bergamot (5 drops) and ethanol (50 ml). The mixture was applied with a swab wetted wipe and problem areas, and then applied to the skin of another mixture - jojoba oil (50 ml), thyme oil (1 drop), peppermint oil (3 drops), pine and lavender (5 drops).
For bathing, dissolve pine oil (5 to 15 drops) in 1 tablespoon of emulsifier (salt, milk, honey, soda, cream, etc.), and add warm water - 37-38 ° C. Take a bath for 20 minutes, then wipe off with a towel.
Pine oil enriches hair color, gives it elasticity, strengthens them, prevents hair loss. You can add it to shampoos and balms, or rinse the hair - 1 liter of water with 10 drops of oil emulsifier.
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