Essential Oils: Pines
The following species of Pines are native to Arizona and have notably different
characteristics. The disinfectant qualities of Pine oil are well known (as Pine Sol has been
a popular household cleaner since 1929), and like other conifers, the Pines are supportive
to our respiratory and immune systems.
NEW! Calabrian Pine (Pinus eldarica)
Also known as Afghan Pine, this is a non native species that grows well in the arid Southwest. Collected in Sedona. This beautiful, light and uplifting pine oil has sweet top notes that open up on the skin. Anti viral, antiseptic, analgesic, and immune supportive.
Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)
Gathered mainly in the Sedona and Flagstaff areas (4,000+ elevation). The unique aroma of this low elevation pine is a signature of the Southwest. It has tropical overtones, reminiscent of pineapple. A wonderful anti-infectious, antiinflammatory, and tonifying oil. It is supportive for the respiratory, renal and urinary systems. Use topically, diluted in a carrier oil or lotion, over low back and chest for general strengthening.
Pinyon Pine Cone (Pinus edulis)
Pinyon pines produce a bumper crop of cones once every 6-7 years. We distill these cones when they have just fallen and still retain some green. Less complex than the needle oil, its aroma is green, woody and smooth, with a hint of Bourbon. It contains a small amount of Bourbonene (a non alcoholic, aromatic constituent). This is an excellent oil to add to antiseptic, skin healing salves.
Fresh Green Pinyon Pine Cone
These cones are picked (by tongs!) in Sedona during the Summertime, while fully loaded with sap and resin. This high monoterpene oil is a strong anti bacterial and has a fresh, green aroma. The supply is limited, as this was not a bumper crop year.
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Gathered at Hart Prairie, Nature Conservancy, as part of their meadow reclamation project, and from the Coconino National Forest (7,500+ elev.). The needles from this pine are very long and their aroma is woody and spicy. It is a very large tree, with a widespread distribution, and also has a high number of chemical components, with a broad range of benefits. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative, mucolytic, immunostimulant, anti-infectious and tonifying. Diffuse with Tangerine oil to aid immunity during a stressful time.
Southwestern White Pine (Pinus strobiformis)
Gathered at Hart Prairie, Nature Conservancy, and the Coconino national Forest (8,000+ elevation). It has a sweet and subtle, clarifying aroma. Anti-infectious, antiviral, antioxidant, immunostimulant. Add to a cleaning spray as a household preventative for colds and flus.
Southwestern White Pine Cone (Pinus strobiformis)
Gathered mainly at Hart Prairie, Nature Conservancy (8,000+ elevation) from old growth trees. These large, sap rich cones, produce a generous amount of oil, that has a classic pine cone aroma. The oil is high in Delta Carene, a known inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase (the enzyme which breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter important for memory and learning). Mentally clarifying, this oil is wonderful to inhale before studying.