A Pine Sylvestris Tree or Scots Pine

PINE SYLVESTRIS Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Scots Pine

A fresh green earthy scent reminiscent of a pine forest grown in Hungary and steamed distilled using the needles (like leaves) of the tree.

Botanical Name: Pinus Sylvestris

Also known as Scots Pine and one of the strongest softwoods available. The only Native Pine to Northern Europe, it being the “national tree” of Scotland. The Caledonian forest of the UK thrives with Scots Pines and is home to many rare species of wildlife and plant habitat. Scots Pine is widely planted for the timber industry but is also harvested to make rope from the inner bark, tar from the roots and a dye from the cones. The tree can also be tapped for resin to make turpentine.

A Pinecone
Pinecone

Constituents of Oil: a-pinene, b-pinene, Limonene, B-myrcene, camphene, B-caryophyllene, B-phellandrene, d-cadinene, B-ocimene, Delta-3-carene

The two notable terpenes in Pine Sylvestris are a-pinene making up 45 – 50% of its constituents and b-pinene making up over 20%. These terpenes are most known for their anti-inflammatory benefits for diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis. They can help with pain relief. The pinenes can work to ease congestion and constriction to the lungs and bronchial areas assisting with air flow for asthma, colds and flu. They can work to improve focus, alertness, memory retention and energy. Anxiety can be eased with the uplifting effects of pinene by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain.

Some studies suggest a-pinene and b-pinene have been found to inhibit some cancer cells, by stopping tumor growth and supplement chemotherapy treatments.

Limonene is present but only at approximately 8% unlike its’ present in Orange and Lemon Oil being their main constituent.

We know Pine Sylvestris as a Fluent Current mostly for our air ways. It is a Middle Note Oil.

Kid Safe: yes

A Pine Sylvestris Christmas Tree

Scots Pine – (Pine Sylvestris) is the most common type of pine sold as a real xmas tree

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grapefruit, orange and lime slices

GRAPEFRUIT OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Grapefruit Oil – One of the Seven Wonders

Botanical Name: Citrus x Paradisi

The Grapefruit is actually an accidental cross between the Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) and the pomelo (Citrus maxima) both of which were introduced from Asia in the 17th Century. When found, it was called the “forbidden fruit” but currently the grapefruit is said to be one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados.”

Generally, the redder varieties are the sweetest and are determind by the flesh colour of the fruit. Grapefruit Oil is produced in the United States, Vietnam, China and Australia. Australia producing White Grapefruit Oil grown mostly in Mildura Victoria and Berri in South Australia. The Oil derives from the peel of the fruit by cold press.

Constituents of Grapefruit Oil: *d – Limonene, Myrcene, Sabinene, Decanol, a-Pinene, Nootkatone

*Allergens: Natural Components of Essential Oils

Limonene being the main component of Grapefruit Oil, is responsible for stimulating and uplifting the senses, bringing clarity and positive focus and easing nervous tension and anxiety. It can support the immune system by strengthening it and be an apatite suppressant. Limonene can also help with inflammation in muscles and bones.

Limonene also is a major constituent in cleaning products because it acts as a solvent and can reduce the presence of bacteria neutralising odours of stale rooms.

The Limonene in Grapefruit Oil can be a great addition to skin care by reducing bacteria and free-radicals and cleansing the skin to help with inflammation. Great for oily skin types to help balance sebum.

Myrcene in Grapefruit is at quite a low presence, only at around 1 – 3% but assists the Limonene. The other constituents are also very low presence being less than 1% but the Nootkatone gives Grapefruit Oil its character.


Cautions:

Grapefruit Oil can deteriorate easily upon exposure to moisture, air and daylight so storage of Grapefruit Oil is critical. If exposed these oils should be avoided.

Grapefruit Oil can be phototoxic so it is recommended that a maximin use of 4% in skin care products be used.

Although great for the skin, it may be a skin irritant in some if over exposure occurs. Essential Oils should always be diluted to apply topically and a skin patch test is recommended. Skin Patch Test

Grapefruit Sunset

Grapefruit Oil has a fresh, reviving, sweet citrusy scent and is a Top Note Oil. It is our go to oil for “Energising Optimism!”



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