Due to its aroma, pine essential oil is notable for its uplifting yet clearing scent. Because of this, pine essential oil can work as a room scent in a diffuser as well as in cleaning solutions.
The internet is full of anecdotes and articles that claim pine essential oil can offer more health benefits than just a nice scent. However, most of these claims lack clinical evidence.
Air fresheners and aromatherapy
Pine oil extracts are often used in air fresheners for homes, offices, and vehicles. Essential oils, on the other hand, may be used in aromatherapy to create an uplifting and invigorating atmosphere — not just a nice scent.
Inhaling oils like pine may also have clearing effects in the case of illnesses like the common cold.
Some proponents claim that pine essential oil may be used topically (applied to the skin) as an antimicrobial, similar to tea tree oil. In theory, the oil could be used for minor skin infections and burns.
However, research indicates that pine oil doesn’t have much antimicrobial activity. Talk to a doctor before using pine oil for this purpose.
Pine essential oil is also touted as having anti-inflammatory effects.
In theory, such effects could do two things:
- Ease symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.
- Alleviate pain from related health conditions, such as arthritis and muscle pain.
However, more research is needed on this front.
Other essential oils have in fact been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. These include:
When used in aromatherapy, essential oils can have effects on those who inhale them.
However, some essential oils are toxic to pets or dangerous for pregnant women and children. It’s also possible to have skin reactions to these oils, including pine essential oil.
Possible side effects include:
- dry skin
- peeling skin
If you are allergic to pine trees, don’t use pine oil. While not considered common, some people are allergic to pine pollen. You might be allergic to pine essential oil if you develop allergy-like symptoms, such as sneezing or skin rashes.
Pine essential oil can be used in a number of different ways, including inhalation and topical variations. Talk to a doctor about the following methods.
Use a diffuser
Diffusing is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils.
You can make a quick, safe room scent by putting a few drops of pine essential oil into a diffuser filled with water. Once the device is turned on, the diffuser then releases cool steam.
You can purchase a diffuser online.
If you don’t have a diffuser on hand, you may still reap the aromatic benefits of pine essential oil through inhalation.
Simply pour a couple of drops on a tissue, and hold the tissue in front of your face while you inhale deeply through your nose.
You can also try holding the bottle of essential oil underneath your nose.