Pine Needles Oil and Black Pine Oil, Some Uses
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Pine Needles Oil and Black Pine Oil, Some Uses

Scots Pine

Once you get a whiff of pine oil, what’s the first thing you think of?  Time to clean. We all associate any pine oil with cleaning. However, there is so much more that you can do with the pine oils. This article is about Black Pine oil (Pinus nigra) and Pine Needles oil (Pinus sylvestris). Black Pine has a stronger pine scent to it than Pine Needles (Scots Pine) oil but the uses and properties are the same. So choose which one you want by how strong a scent you want.

This article is not going to have any cleaning recipes. For those, you can go to the Cleaning House With Essential Oils series of articles I have already posted. Instead, I want to show you more of what Pine oils are good for. So let’s have a little fun!

Aromatic influences: Warming and cleansing. Instills self-confidence and allays guilt. Brings about acceptance and forgiveness.

Combine well with:

Cedarwood, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Sage, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulus, Marjoram, Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense

Black Pine Drawing

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Can be sensitizing, particularly older oils that have oxidized. So be mindful when you are using it. If you want to use topically, test on a small area of skin first, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Can help treat male impotency.
  • Add 2 drops of oil in 1 teaspoon of Jojoba and massage into kidney area for adrenal support.
  • Can help treat the pain of rheumatism and arthritis. Use oil in small proportions.
  • Is a great expectorant. Is good to diffuse for colds, flu, coughs, lung infections, etc.
  • Helps relieve fatigue and nervous exhaustion.
  • Disinfectant
  • They help increase physical strength.
  • It’s great to use in compresses and massage after overexertion and sports injuries.

Scots Pine Drawing


Here are a few recipes involving Pine Needles or Black Pine oil. To check for more, you can click on Pine Needles, Black Pine, or Pine in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Insect Repellent

  • 100 drops Geranium
  • 50 drops Cedarwood
  • 50 drops Bay Leaf
  • 50 drops Lime
  • 50 drops Pine
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 100 drops Jojoba

To deter insects, spray the mist on the exposed areas of the body before going outdoors. Rub Jojoba oil into the skin prior to spraying the formula. Spray a minimal amount. Avoid misting on the face. Instead, apply the following formula to the face:

  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 teaspoons F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil) (3)

Love-My-Breasts Massage Oil

  • 1/2 ounce Dried or Fresh Calendula Flowers
  • 1/2 ounce Dried or Fresh Comfrey Leaf
  • 2 cups Almond Oil
  • 12 drops Lavender
  • 6 drops Pine
  • 6 drops Rosemary

Infuse the Calendula and the Comfrey in the almond oil in a glass jar, cover tightly. Place jar in a warm, sunny spot and let steep for 2 weeks. Strain oil through cheesecloth or muslin. When the oil has been poured off, put the herbs in the cheesecloth or muslin and wring thoroughly, squeezing every last drop of the oil from the plant material. Then add a fresh batch of herbs to the oil and infuse for 2 more weeks. Strain again. Add essential oils to infused oil.

Massage oil into breast using long, gentle strokes. (4)

Communication Enhancement Massage

  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Pine
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply formula to the upper chest, back of the neck, and the shoulders. Helps encourage the flow of feelings that have been repressed. (2)

Scots Pine

Energize Me!

  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Rosemary
  • 7 drops Pine

Add to your diffuser.

Breathe More Easily

  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Pine
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Spearmint

Use in your diffuser or vaporizer. (2)

Black Pine

Mustard Pack

  • 2 tablespoons Mustard Powder
  • 8 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 drops Pine
  • 2 drops Thyme

Mix the mustard and flour into a paste with tepid water, adding a little at a time. Add the essential oils and stir well. Place the paste into a folded cloth and heat it by placing it on top of a hot radiator or hot-water bottle. Apply the pack to the painful area. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. Use to help relax and relieve tired, aching joints and muscles. (1)

Scots Pine

Rejuvenating Foot Bath

  • 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus
  • 4 drops Pine
  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Fill a basin with warm/hot water and add formula. Soak feet for at least 15 minutes. (2)


Now you can see there is more to Pine Needles and Black Pine oils than just for cleaning. There are lots of great things you can use this oil for. How do you like to use it? Let us know. We would love to hear! Just put it in the comment section down below.



  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  3. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published. by Patricia Davis
  4. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar




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I use the flower essence Pine when I am looking for self-acceptance and freedom from self-criticism.  I find that Pine E.O. helps reinforce these qualities.  The smell just makes me stand a little straighter!  I've often had the image of the tree in mind when visualizing the effects of the EO, but I see that the one I have is made from the needles.  Do you know if all Pine EOs are made from the needles?  Thanks for the rejuvenating recipes.

JCShannon moderator

@ptippins I love your description of how it makes you feel! The thought of it made the lines in my forehead smooth out just a little, which I really needed at the moment. 

All the Pine oils that I have found info on are distilled from the needles, and some are distilled from the needles and the terminal branches. Same goes for the Spruce oils and the Fir Needle oils. JC


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