The Health Benefits of Pine Oil

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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There may be a good reason why many common household cleaners claim to “smell like pine.” This connection to pine oil and good health is as old as the hills, and its related to the germ-fighting, disinfectant properties of the oil.

In fact, it was greatly revered by the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, who noted its strong healing effect on the human respiratory system. Similarly, the Native Americans used pine needles in bedding to prevent bedbugs and lice.

Pine oil, obtained by extracting essential oils from the needles of pine trees, is a strong therapeutic aid. Similar to tea tree and eucalyptus oil, extracts of pine are powerful agents against harmful organisms of all types, making it a great oil to have in your medicine chest and cleaning cupboard.

Its powerful capacities are related to its high levels of phenols, acidic plant chemicals that fight off germs and ward off disease. It also has a healing effect on the endocrine system, and aids the body in cleansing impurities from the skin. Pine hydrosol is an immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.

8 Health Benefits of Pine Oil

1. Resistant to Redness and Swelling

Because of its potent properties, pine oil resists redness and swelling for people with joint pain and discomfort. Used topically, it may also help relieve general muscular aches and pains. Add to a hot bath, or to a base massage oil, such as almond or coconut.

2. Expectorant

Essential pine oil may also help relieve congestion and acts as an expectorant, aiding the body to break up mucus and remove it from the lungs. It also helps reduce the incidence of sinus infections.

3. Skin Care

Pine oil may be useful with a variety of skin conditions due to its strong cleansing capacities. This includes psoriasis, acne, boils, Athlete’s foot, eczema and itching. Applied topically, it can also be used for a remedy of the scalp, especially in cases of dryness and dandruff.

4. Acts as an Anti-Viral Agent

Pine nut oil may also aid in protecting us against the common cold and flu. Following a balanced diet, and plenty of foods high in vitamin c is also a great way to prevent colds.

5. Potent Anti-oxidant Capacity

Through neutralizing free-radicals, pine oil helps us slow the process of cellular deterioration, thus slowing the process of aging. Anti-oxidants aid in protecting us from, eye-diseases, muscle degeneration, as well as many nervous-system disorders.

6. Toxic to Harmful Organisms

With regular use, pine oil may help protect us against many types of harmful organisms, including urinary tract infections and skin infections.

7. Aromatherapy

Stimulates the body and mind, and has an energizing effect on the overall person. As an aromatherapy agent, it has been used to support adrenal fatigue and mild depression.

8. Disinfectant

It is a great cleaning agent, and can be added to sprays and room-fresheners for a cleansing and brightening effect. Pine oil disinfectants have been shown to be effective in killing off many household germs, including mildew, yeast spores and E. coli.

Research on Pine Oil

Studies have shown the usefulness of pine oil in releiving bronchial infections. As a powerful agent against harmful organisms, it can help the body fight off infections. As an aromatherapy tool, it may be used to help prevent lower respiratory infections. Research collections from the University of Maryland Medical Center have demonstrated that its use for respiratory tract infections is solid and effective. Research also shows that use of pine oil may fight off sinus infections and colds when used as a steam inhalation.

Cautions & Side Effects of Pine Oil

Pine Oil

Essential pine oil should be used with care, as it is very powerful. If left undiluted, it may irritate skin and mucous membranes. Internal consumption may be hazardous to human health.

Usage for Essential Pine Oil

Add 4-6 drops of undiluted pine essential oil to warm bath water or dilute at 50/50 ratio with organic coconut oil or olive oil and apply to chest for respiratory distress. You can also put in aromatherapy diffuser.

Usage Of Pine Hydrosol

Add 1 teaspoon of pine hydrosol to 32 ounces of distilled water and shake well. Drink 8-16 ounces throughout the day for up to a week.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • david

    I have just recently been making pine needle tea and also drinking pine needle juice, by bleding the pine needles with some water and then straining through a nutmilk bag, the juice is the most amazing green colour. Does anyone else do this and would it combine well with green vegetable juices ?

  • viking

    David, yes.

    I was wondering what back up the statement; “Internal consumption may be hazardous to human health. ” ?

    Just precautionary that you wrote that?

  • Jon

    Why hazardous to human health you mean keeps you from going to the doctor? Keeps money in your pocket. Its funny how you people go on and on about its health benifits then just to cover your azz you say may be harmful consult your doctor. Disclaimers are for those dont assume responsibility for there actions….

  • ghc_health

    Thank you for visiting the site and for your post! While pine nut oil is a powerful natural aid, it is best to consider that some people may be allergic to certain plant derivatives. It would be irresponsible for any one to take a natural supplement with out fist considering how it may interact in the body for the specific person, and as every one is different I always suggest speaking with your Physician or a reputable Naturopath to help you determine if taking something such as pine oil would be beneficial. What we can focus on is research that has been done, and personal experience with such a protocol. This brings to mind something that I have read in the past:

    Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
    Andre Gide

    None of these suggestions are new, pine nut oil has been used for many years, it is the western modality of medicine that has basically made natural supplements a crime and force the ambiguity on the industry. Sadly this is the subject of a totally different post.

    I thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • mei

    It is so exciting to know the benefits of the pineneedle tea. But how will i know witch is the pine tree is safe?

  • All pine trees are safe. The thing is, you only want to use it as medicine. Only use it when you need the vitamin C boost or immediate respritory care. I would, personally, caution not to use it more than 3 times a day for 1 day of emergency, and no more than 3 times a week 2 or 3 weeks in a month. Do not use it every month. You should chose trees without pollution or wash the needles well first. If using for a lung problem caused by bad smoke at a campfire it is best and fun to use the same kind of pine that caused the issue. Remember that the therapeutic properties of essential oil are slightly different than those from your tea. To preserve the essential oils in a tea, put a lid on while they steep.

  • Pine essential oil cautions include: People with kidney issues, people weak with age or youth (in case it causes hypertension reactions), and those with extremely sensitive skin…if that helps in this case. I must say, Jon, those words are often an irritation to me as well when reading this stuff. It’s best if they just get to the point and say WHICH people may need extra care when dealing with the product…just remember that somewhere in the background there is some old bitty that someone calms down and destresses by adding these disclaimers.

  • ????!!! There are several things about this site that worry me in using it as any type of truth. This is the worst: Do you really think this article is about Pine NUT OIL???! ? I guess I should just ask directly, since I’m posting::: Where does your information come from? Is this all medical info from the herb/tree “Pine,” or is this a hodge-podge of information on all types of pine essential oils? Or is this information SPECIFIC to the constituents and medical research/experience with the use of Pine Essential oil FROM the needle/twig ONLY or does it include also those who add buds and twigs…Please, I am in the midsts of research and these things are clearly important to know. The distinctions are important.

  • The terpines MAY seperate the bulk from the water in your vegetable juice, but if it doesn’t Yummy! What a great idea. It would slightly cut down on the issues with the high tannin content or terpine irritations that may occur…and will occur if overused. I use pine needle tea, and so does my tribe. Generally only after a fire creates a rough cough in the morning, but once or twice a year for fun.

  • Hydrosol is NOT essential oil. It is important for readers to know this. DO NOT ADD A TEASPOON OF PINE EO EVER to your water. Please tell us why one would use the hydrosol solution drink, so that it is not confused with the eo :). It is also not the same as “Pine Oil” each of these things is a very different medicine. Please be clear as you write.

  • George Karaolis

    Very helpful information. Although I would appreciate if people would learn to contribute in a more positive and polite manner. People spend time and money to provide this information so lets all help and be productive. Can you?

  • charanjit

    Plzzz help me. my pines to much small

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  • tim

    have a patient found unconcious in the bath tub after using a full bottle in the bath tub of pine essential oils. Lactic acidosis, intubated, chemical burns all over. Doesn’t sound that helpful. Helps to follow directions.

  • Yikes, how’d they end up?

  • fay Ramzi

    I use pine oil for Loundry blend i blend with rosemary lavender lemon, lemongrass, and tea tree i use 10 drop on rinse, i love essential oil I make floor cleaning also with pine oil, thyme oil rosemary, lemon, vetiver, and infused herb, whole house cleaning i use essential oil, thank you for this info greetings from Bali

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  • Thinking

    Is gum turpitine and pine essential oil the same thing.
    I have read a teaspoon of gum turpitine with a carrier or sugar is very good for you..but I’m confused ….

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