Aromatherapy Spotlight: Pine

pine If you really want to cement your family’s Christmas memories, add a scent to the sensory stimuli available at your holiday gatherings. You can use an aromatherapy burner to fragrance the air with essential oils. At this time of year, we recommend pine – it’s the smell most commonly associated with the winter holidays, ever since the days when our ancestors began decorating Yule trees.

Pine is antiseptic, comforting, and stimulating. The oil is generally distilled from the needles, cones and twigs – although if you’ve got a freshly-cut pine tree in your house, you know that the scent will diffuse around your home without the use of any complicated apparatus to extract it! Plants are known to release more scent around 6am and 6pm, so take some deep breaths near your tree to enjoy the benefits of the aroma.

Pine was historically pine was used as an antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, bactericidal, and stimulant (among many other applications).

The Swiss made mattresses of pine needles, and the First Nations people of North America brew a tea to use as a decongestant. Cautions: don’t use the essential oil directly on the skin of children or the elderly, and avoid it if you have high blood pressure.

For some alternative Christmas scents you can brew up on your stovetop, try this list of things to simmer.

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