Description: From the Pinus genus, which includes some 120+ species of pine trees we are given the gift of pine resin. Colophony pine resin is the brittle resin result after the resin is processed to extract the oil of turpentine.
The pine tree has been greatly revered
throughout history for its strong healing powers. In her book, Natural Science,
Hildegard von Bingen wrote this of the pine, "The pine tree is more warm
than cold and contains many energies and powers. The tree is the symbol of
Origin: North and Central America, North Africa, SE Asia.
Parts Used: resin
Aroma Description: pine odor; balsamic, light, slightly woody and spicy, green
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; used in bath preparations, hair tonics, rubbing oils, etc.
Culinary Uses: used in commercial food flavorings, kernels used in salads, with cooked vegetables, rice, and ground for sauces such as pesto
Medicinal Attributes: used for respiratory and urinary tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism and muscular stiffness. Causes allergic reactions in some individuals.
Element Association: Air
Planetary Association: Mars
Aromatic Note: Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are made from the heartwood and a separate oil from the needles. Each may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
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