Latin name: Pinus species
A Remedy For Bronchitis Colds Cough Fever Nerve
pain Rheumatism Sore throat Tendency to infection In homeopathy, Pine
Oil is considered a treatment for bronchial conditions and rheumatism.
What It Is; Why It Works Pine Oil is extracted
from several species of pine in Europe and the Near East, particularly
Pinus sylvestris. Young Pine Shoots are also used occasionally, chopped
up and steeped as a tea. Oil made from turpentine from Pinus species
can be used as a skin rub or dropped into hot water to create vapors
for inhalation. Pine Oil tends to reduce bronchial secretions and stimulate
local circulation. It is mildly antiseptic.
Avoid If... Do not use Pine Oil if you have bronchial
asthma, whooping cough, or severe inflammation of the breathing passages.
Do not use it as a bath additive if you have a large skin injury, acute
skin disease, an infectious disease, heart problems, or abnormally tense
Special Cautions Pine Oil can irritate the skin
and mucous membranes, and has been known to cause breathing problems.
Excessive use on large areas of the body can lead to poisoning, with
damage to the kidneys or brain. Kidney damage is also a possibility
when the oil is taken internally.
Possible Drug Interactions No interactions have been
Special Information If You Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
No harmful effects are known.
How To Prepare Pine Oil is extracted by steam distillation
from fresh pine needles, branch tips, and shoots. It is used in ointments
and bath salts. Oil extracted from turpentine is also available. Make
sure you use only the refined medicinal oil--not raw turpentine. Typical
Dosage Pine Oil The oral dosage is 5 grams (about 1 teaspoonful) daily.
For inhalation, add several drops to hot water and inhale the vapor.
As a bath additive, use 0.025 gram per liter of water. For external
use, rub several drops onto the affected area. Pine Shoots The oral
dose is 9 grams daily in tea, syrup, or an alcohol solution. As a bath
additive, use about half a cup of alcoholic extract (tincture). Medicinal
Turpentine oil For inhalation, add several drops to hot water and inhale
the vapor. For external use, rub several drops onto the affected area.
Store in tightly sealed containers away from light.
Overdosage A dose of 50 grams (less than a quarter
of a cup) can be fatal in adults. Symptoms of overdose include nausea,
vomiting, reddening of the face, salivation, sore throat, thirst, diarrhea,
intestinal spasms, shortness of breath, dizziness, staggering, twitching,
urination difficulties, and rash. Excessive skin contact or inhalation
can result in overdose, and deaths have been reported, particularly
among children. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.