Everything you need to know about the nutritional value and health benefits of pine oil
Essential oils have played an important role in natural medicine for many generations. One of the most common and most valuable oils is the one made from the needles of Scots pine or Siberian pine. This product is characterized not only by its unusual smell, but also the content of ingredients valuable for health. It turns out that pine oil is an effective means of combating fungal infections, as well as has a strong relaxing effect.
Where does pine oil come from and what is it characterized by?
Scots pine oil was already known to the ancient Greeks, and its amazing health properties were appreciated by Hippocrates himself. This product is mostly obtained from the needles of Scots pine, a tree with low soil requirements that is often used for afforestation of sandy areas. Under natural conditions, Scots pine grows in Europe (also in Poland), Asia and North America. Interestingly, this tree can reach a height of up to 40 meters. Spring pine buds are most often used for medicinal purposes. The infusion obtained from them has diaphoretic, expectorant and diuretic properties. Nevertheless, the shoots and needles of this tree, which contain valuable essential oils, are also used.
Pine oil is obtained by steam distillation. It is a clear, colorless (or light green) liquid that is insoluble in water. Due to its origin, this oil is characterized by an intense, fresh fragrance, which in the first place reminds us of a walk in a forest moistened with dew. Nevertheless, this product is valued not only for its unique aroma. It is worth knowing that Scots pine contains a number of substances valuable for health, including essential oils (including pine oil and turpentine oil). Numerous scientific studies prove that Scots pine oil is non-toxic and non-irritating when used in low concentrations. Interestingly, due to its unusual aroma, this product has been used not only in the field of phytotherapy, but also in the production of scented candles and perfumes.
Pine oil - properties and impact on human health
Pine oil is widely used in aromatherapy and natural medicine. It turns out that the ingredients contained in it show strong disinfecting and disinfecting properties. Scientific research confirms that Scots pine oil can effectively neutralize harmful viruses, fungi and bacteria. Therefore, the proper use of this substance (in combination with a healthy lifestyle) can significantly strengthen our immunity, and also minimize the risk of developing fungal infections, including Candida Albicans. Due to the above-mentioned properties, Scots pine oil is often a component of cleaning agents and disinfectants. Interestingly, this product also has a beneficial effect on our skin and provides us with an effective feeling of relaxation. Therefore, pine oil is commonly used during massage treatments, as well as relaxing baths, whose task is to reduce the nervous tension caused by stress during the day.
It is also worth knowing that, just like the infusion of spring pine buds, the oil made from pine needles has a diuretic effect. Therefore, the use of the said oil may be recommended in the course of urinary tract infections. In addition, its proper use ensures effective circulation stimulation, as well as alleviating pain related to the course of rheumatic diseases and in the case of sciatica. The conditioning properties of pine oil in the context of the health of our hair are also important. It turns out that this product can reduce hair loss and even prevent excessive oily hair. The latest research and scientific reports also indicate that Scots pine oil may prove to be an effective support in the treatment of cellulite and reducing the visibility of acne lesions.
Despite its numerous health properties, it is worth remembering that pine oil is not a medicine, but only a therapeutic aid. Therefore, it cannot be used in place of pharmaceuticals prescribed by a specialist. Moreover, the use of pine oil for therapeutic purposes should always be consulted with a general practitioner or experienced pharmacist.
Pine oil and inhalations
Pine oil is used during inhalation treatments. It is worth knowing that it has a positive effect on the irritation of the mucosa, and thus facilitates breathing. The inhalation preparation procedure with the use of pine oil is extremely simple and can be performed at home. This form of therapy is perfect for colds or sinusitis. However, it should be remembered that the use of inhalation with the use of pine oil is associated with certain limitations.
Contraindications for the use of pine oil
Although in most cases the proper use of Scots pine (or Siberian) pine oil has a positive effect on human health and well-being, there are some contraindications related to its use. Firstly, inhalation treatments with Scots pine oil should not be performed by people who are struggling with bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, high fever or cardiovascular disorders. Second, the use of this substance is prohibited for people who have been known to be allergic to essential oils. It is worth remembering that when using pine oil for the first time, you should be especially careful and observe whether any disturbing symptoms (e.g. reddening of the skin, burning and / or itching of the skin, shortness of breath) have occurred after using it. If you experience side effects after using pine oil, visit your GP or hospital emergency department as soon as possible.