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A pine tree is a familiar sight at Christmas time; Scotch pine essential oil has a number of properties for use in aromatherapy.
Scotch Pine and Christmas
Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) is a tall, evergreen tree, synonymous with Christmas; in the United States alone, thousands of pine trees are raised on Christmas tree farms each year. The Scotch pine tree grows up to 131 feet; it has long, green needles with a reddish-brown bark. The Scotch pine also has orange-yellow flowers and is one of the hardiest trees, capable of surviving long, hard winters in the northern hemisphere.
Where to Find Scotch Pine
The Scotch pine is also known as Scots pine or Norway pine and should not be confused with Dwarf pine (Pinus mugo turra) or Longleaf pine (Pinus paulustris); it is a member of the Coniferae plant family. Scotch pine is native to Eurasia and cultivated in Europe, Russia, eastern United States and Scandinavia (in particular, Finland). Scotch pine earns its name from its native cover of Scotland where it used to grow in abundance.
Healing Powers of Pine Forests
In northern Europe, pine essential oil is distilled between the seasons of spring and winter; the Tyrol area of Austria is reputed to produce the finest essential oil with a vast array of mountain pine forests. Pine forests are known to be healing in that the essential oil evaporates from the pine needles.
Traditional Use of Scotch Pine
Scotch pine was used by the Native Americans to prevent scurvy; Native Americans also filled their sleeping mattresses with Scotch pine to keep away fleas and ticks and they used Scotch pine as an insect repellent. Traditionally, Scotch pine was said to be excellent at restoring health after a prolonged illness.
Use of Scotch Pine Essential Oil in Aromatherapy
Scotch pine essential oil is obtained from the distillation of pine needles. Scotch pine essential oil is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, anti-infectious, deodorant and expectorant. Scotch pine essential oil is used in the treatment of asthma, arthritis, sinusitis, inflammation, intestinal pain, allergies, fatigue and lung congestion. Scotch pine improves the body's resistance to bacterial and viral infections.
Scotch pine essential oil is capable of warming cold hands and feet; it is a useful essential oil for men as Scotch pine can help in the body's production of semen. Scotch pine is well known for its disinfectant and air freshener uses, due to its antiseptic properties. Scotch pine essential oil is one of the safest therapeutic oils.
- Caddy, Rosemary 1997 Essential Oils in Color UK: Amberwood Publishing Ltd
- Lawless, Julia 1995 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils London: Element
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