The Corsican Black Pine from which this Black Pine Essential oil is distilled, is taller than its cousin, the Scotch Pine. It reaches up to 160 feet or more and is very long lived. Longer than half a millenium by some estimates.
It is a mountainous Pine that grows rapidly across the southern Mediterranean and throughout Europe. It grows from Spain to the eastern Mediterranean; on the Anatolian peninsula of Turkey and on Corsica/Cyprus, including the Crimea. It also grows in the high mountains of the Maghreb.
Traditional Uses for Black Pine Essential Oil:-
Black Pine is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It is primarily used to deodorise, cleanse, disinfect and to freshen. It is used with respiratory and circulatory disorders when vapourised, It is used for muscle and tissue damage when used in massage.
The Pine was used by the Native Americans to prevent scurvy and the needles were used to stuff mattresses and to repel lice and fleas. The ancient Egyptians used the pine kernels in their cooking.
CAUTIONS:Although pine and pine needle oil is considered safe since it is non-toxic and non-irritant it should still be used with care on the skin since it can cause irritation in high dosage and may sensitize the skin as well.