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I’ve never had a real tree. It’s sacrilegious to some, yes, but I know plenty others who are with me- we don’t have to worry about extra costs during the holidays or maintenance. There’s no concerns about trees catching on fire, and best of all, no vacuuming up pine needles on a regular basis (a chore that I’m not up for doing…ever).
Yet I’ll admit that the one thing missing is the comforting and lively smell of pine in my living room.
I LOVE the smell of fresh pine. Not to be confused with the overpowering smell of chemical pine floor cleaner, but the REAL deal people. It’s one of those special scents that almost has the ability of time travel- like when you sniff it you can be magically zapped back to some special place in your childhood. It’s also one of those scents that makes me a believer in aromatherapy.
I usually make up for this loss by bringing in real homemade wreaths, but that’s a task that is done closer to Christmas. In the meantime, I’m dealing with the absence of what Christmas really smells like. Of course, an easy solution would be that artificial pine spray, but I really don’t like the idea of spritzing chemicals all around my house…and it gives me a raging headache.
And then I found it: pine essential oil. Que the hallelujah chorus! To an essential oil user like myself, this is gold. Upon further research, I found that you can do so much more with it beyond aromatherapy. Apparently it was therapeutically used in religious ceremonies by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Arabians. They also used it for conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. Even the Native Americans used pine to prevent scurvy, and placed pine needles in bedding to prevent lice and bedbugs.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he uses pine essential oil!
Pine Can Help With the Following:
- Coughs, colds, sore throats, bronchitis, flu, athletes foot, asthma, digestive problems, eczema, fatigue, drowsiness, skin irritations, smokers cough, rheumatism, aches and pains, acne, boils, gout, circulation issues, lice, urinary infections, fleas, and more!
How to Use Pine Essential Oil:
- For coughs, colds, asthma, and sore throats: 2-3 drops in bath water or 8-10 drops in steam inhalation or diffuser.
- For joint pain and discomfort, circulation issues: 2-3 drops in bath water or in coconut oil to use for massage (use therapeutic self massage to stimulate circulation or on areas that are sore).
- For digestive problems: 2-3 drops in steam inhalation. To use internally, purchase food grade pine essential oil and consult an essential oil guidebook or professional.
- For drowsiness and fatigue: 2-3 drops in a diffuser or in bath water. May also use in combination with massage.
- For skin irritations, acne, eczema, etc: Use 2-3 drops in carrier oil or coconut oil and massage on area.
- For disinfectant: 2-3 drops in 1 oz vinegar for cleaning.
- For fleas: Use on carpets as a spray (you may dilute with water and spritz on areas as needed). For use on pets, please click here for more information.
As for my Christmas tree, I purchased a small spray bottle and added a few drops of pine, then diluted it with some filtered water. It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!