How to use pine needle oil

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How to use pine needle oil
Pine trees produce a fragrant oil. ( Images)

Pine needle oil has been used around the world for centuries. The oil is made by steam-distilling fresh pine needles and branch tips. In Korea, the oil is distilled from the Red Pine. In Austria, Russia and Scandinavia, the oil comes from the Scots Pine or the Black Spruce. Several varieties of pines in North America are valued for their medicinal oils. Pine needle oil is used as a fragrance and flavour enhancer, as well an ingredient in nasal decongestants, vaporiser fluids, analgesic ointments and cough and cold medicines.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pine needle essential oil
  • Vaporiser
  • Empty 473ml. spray bottle
  • Shea butter or petroleum salve

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    Put five to seven drops of pine needle oil in a cup of warm water or hot tea as a daily supplement to aid the body's immune system, rid the body of parasites and fight bacterial infections and cold viruses. A child's dosage would be one to two drops a day. Pets can take one drop per 13.6kg. of body weight.

    How to use pine needle oil
    Pine needle oil can give older pets new energy. ( Images)
  2. 2

    Add up to 10 drops of pine needle oil to the medicine reservoir of a vaporiser to ease the symptoms of upper respiratory infections. Or, add a few drops of the oil to a vapour rub and apply directly to the chest to break up congestion and mucous in the nose and throat.

  3. 3

    Add 10 to 20 drops of pine needle oil when making soap and shampoos. The oil will help prevent fungus, athlete's foot and dandruff, while making skin look more youthful over time.

    How to use pine needle oil
    Pine oil can be added to homemade soaps. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  4. 4

    Drink a cup of herbal tea with two or three drops of pine needle oil before eating. The oil is believed to stimulate the thyroid gland and aid in digestion.

  5. 5

    Add 20 drops of oil to an empty spray bottle, then fill the bottle with water. Spray on skin or into the air to ward off biting insects.

  6. 6

    Add three or four drops of the oil to a 170gr. container of shea butter or other salve. Apply to skin daily for firmer, healthier skin.

    How to use pine needle oil
    Pine needle oil can be added to skin creams. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Pine needle oil is an antiseptic, astringent, antimicrobial, disinfectant and insect repellent.
  • Topical creams or lotions containing pine needle oil are used to treat many ailments, including laryngitis, lice, muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, ringworm, scabies and sinusitis.
  • A few varities of pines contain a poisonous substance. Buy your oils from a reputable dealer or distil your own oils using Scot or Black spruce needles.

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