Pine Scotch Oil

Scotch pine Scots pine Pinus sylvestris

Pine Scotch oil.....

The Scotch Pine, also known as Scots Pine, is a hardy species of pine that is adaptable to nearly all climates. It’s native to Europe and Asia and is found from Ireland and Scotland and east to Eastern Siberian, to the Caucasus Mountains in the south and to the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia in the north.

It’s a tall coniferous evergreen standing upright with an unbranched. Because of this it is highly valued as a source of wood for the mast of sailing ships. It’s also important for pulp and sawn lumber. It is also used in the US for Christmas trees and was one of the most popular trees in the 1950’s thru 1980’s.

The tree is the national tree of Scotland where it once covered much of the Scottish Highlands. The decline in the once great forests is due to timber demand, over grazing by sheep and deer, fire, and deliberate cutting to deter wolves. Work is underway to replace forests there.

The kernels were eaten by the Ancient Egyptians, who added them to bread, while the young tops were used by the American Indians to prevent scurvy.

Island of Scots Pines Reflected in Loch Mallachie, Scotland
Island of Scots Pines Reflected in Loch Mallachie, Scotland

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Hamblin, Mark
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Botanical Name - Pinus sylvestris

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Needles

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Strong, dry-balsamic, turpentine-like

Largest Producing Countries - Hungary, USA, Russia, and Finland

Traditional Use - Pine Scotch oil is used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics, toiletries (especially bath products) and, to a limited extent, perfumes.

Properties - Anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic (pulmonary, urinary, hepatic), antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cholagogue, choleretic, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticidal, pectoral, restorative, rubefacient, stimulant (adrenal cortex, circulatory, nervous), and vermifuge.

Benefits - Arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, cellulite, colds, coughs, cuts, cystitis, excessive perspiration, fatigue, flu, general debility, gout, lice, mental exhaustion, muscular aches and pains, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, scabies, sinusitis, sore throat, sores, and urinary infection.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus (all), frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, ravensara, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, and thyme linalol.

Safety Data - Pine Scotch oil non-toxic, non-irritant (except in concentration), and may cause possible sensitization when undiluted. Avoid this oil in allergic skin conditions and use with caution. Pine Scotch oil isn’t for internal use and not recommended for use while pregnant.

Close up of Scots Pine Leaves or Needles, Pinus Sylvestris
Close up of Scots Pine Leaves or Needles, Pinus Sylvestris

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