Here in the Rocky Mountains we are seeing gorgeous vistas of snow-covered ground highlighted by evergreen trees. The conifers of pine and spruce are bountiful in this region and are a stark contrast to the glaring snow. They are prolific in the environment and should be welcomed indoors because their aromas nurture and support our respiratory systems. Pine (Pinus sylvestris) essential oil can help with inflammation and, as an expectorant, can facilitate with mucus removal.
The essential oil of Pine is distilled from the tree’s fragrant needles and twigs. It is considered antiseptic for infections that become rampant in winter, such as colds, flu, sore throat, and tonsillitis. When diffused, the oil can stimulate the immune system to keep you well, or act as a decongestant if you do get sick. To help kill airborne germs, try adding Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), or Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) to your diffuser blend.
Another use for Pine essential oil is to gently invigorate the mind and body when recovering from illness. It can help ease muscle aches obtained while sick but also build strength in the body as you enter the home stretch in your health battle. For these uses, trying adding a few drops of Pine to an unscented lotion and massage it in.
A good way to fight germs before they take hold in your environment is to clean with essential oils that are antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal. Many are familiar with the scent of Pine in cleaning products because it has been used as a disinfectant for decades. To make your own cleaner that reduces germs on surfaces, try this recipe adapted from my upcoming Spring Cleaning class:
Home Cleaning Spray
8 ounces water
1/4 tsp borax
1/4 tsp Castile soap
20 drops Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia) essential oil
40 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifoila) essential oil
20 drops Pine (Pinus sylvestris) essential oil
When working with borax in its powdered form, use a face mask so you don’t inhale it. Gently combine ingredients in a spray bottle until mixed. To use, spray onto a cloth and wipe the area. Wipe the surface with a clean, damp sponge to remove any residue.