All About Pine Essential Oil
Posted on November 17 2015
Our skin is precious and we really only get one shot at keeping our skin happy, healthy, glowing, and young. Starting back when we were teens getting our first pimple, continuing to now, our skin is certainly our top priority! This is even harder in the winter, when dry skin can cause itching, flaking, and sores – none of which are very pleasant, or attractive.
Free radicals in the air – everything from car exhaust, to fireplace smoke, to Febreeze - attack our skin and cause premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging. Let’s face it, no one wants to look like the old witches from the movie Stardust. You also probably don’t want to steal the heart of a falling star to stay young (right?!), but there is something you can add to your beauty regime that will help your skin stay young.
Pine essential oil was one of the first oils extracted and studied for medicinal purposes. Over the years, dermatologists often prescribed the oil for treating psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, scabies, sores, and even fleas (although you do need to be very careful if you want to try and use the oil to help your pets). It’s known for its powerful antiseptic properties, making it a wonderful choice for inhalations & post-face-scrub steams. It’s a skin superhero, acting as an antioxidant and leaving skin balanced, smooth, renewed, and shiny.
Pine essential oil has the ability to save our faces from more than what is outside, but also from the inside! Its strong, fresh, resinous aroma is a mood elevator, leaving you feeling energized and free of mental stress when using it in a diffuser. That means no more furrowed brows, frowns, and other gloomy expressions that can cause deep, lasting lines.
The restorative and invigorating power of Pine is helpful in purifying the body. As a natural diuretic, Pine essential oil removes excess water, salt, and fat from your body, boosting metabolism and activity levels! It’s important not to consume essential oils, including pine, without the guidance of a doctor – so check with yours before starting a regime that includes essential oil consumption.
After an energizing workout, Pine oil has warming properties which help ease muscular aches and rheumatism. Add it to your massage blend or use it with a carrier oil to rub out the soreness from a great workout. If your partner is the workout fan, they’ll thank you for a rub down to ease their aches!
It’s safe to say Pine essential oil is a girl’s best friend. Its crisp, clean, fresh, and foresty scent blends well with Juniper Berry for the snowy log cabin feeling, or Sandalwood for that special winter evening with your man.
Quality pine oil is extracted from the needles, twigs, and buds of the plant, then steam distilled to the dense oil you see in your bottle. In addition to the mood setting combinations I just suggested, you can also blend it with Clary Sage, Cypress, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Juniper, Frankincense, Peppermint, Cedarwood, or Citrus oils.
Pine oil makes a fantastic cleaning agent, and you can try this simple cleaning combination for your own, all natural pine-fresh floor cleaner!
All Natural Pine Floor Cleaner
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
1 quart water
5 drops pine needle essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
Mix well, then mop your floor. After a few minutes, rinse with clean water. That’s it! The essential oil has antibacterial properties, and will mask any of the vinegar smell that can make cleaning with it so unpleasant.
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Use the hashtag #PeLoHa to share your own oil combinations with us! We’d love to see them, and we’ll share them so others can get the most out of their own essential oils! :)-Jen, your friendly essential oil enthusiast