Pine Essential Oil (Pinus sylvestris)


Pine may also be referred to as Scots pine (UK), Scotch pine (US), European red pine, or Baltic pine, Bulgaria. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the needles.


Scotch Pine Essential Oil is also known asScots Pine Essential Oil and sometimes also just goes by the namePine Essential Oil.

Scotch Pine Essential Oil is produced by steam distilling the needles of Pinus sylvestris, a tall coniferous tree.

Containing approximately 90% monoterpenes, Scotch Pine Essential Oil is a good respiratory and antimicrobial oil. It is well regarded for its use in household cleaning applications. Due to its high monoterpene content, it oxidizes easily. It is best to store it in the fridge to help extend its shelf life.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Fresh Piney Sweet Woody

  • Common Name(s): Scots pine (UK), Scotch pine (US), European red pine, or Baltic pine, Bulgaria
  • Botanical Family: Pinaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Pinus
  • Major Compounds: a-Pinene, B-Pinene, Delta-3-Carene, B-Phellandrene, Delta-Cadinene, Camphene
  • Perfumery Note: Middle/Top
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Needles
  • Wild Harvested Wild Harvested
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Pine:

Pine oil may irritate sensitive skin.

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Scotch Pine Essential Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 398-399.]

Safety Precautions for Pine:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


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