Pine: Natural Healing from the Outside In

Pine has long been recognized for its healing properties and soothing scent. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, noted its ability to heal the human respiratory system. Native Americans used pine needles in their bedding to prevent bedbugs and lice. Pine extract has antiseptic, antibacterial, pain relieving, aromatic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great all year (especially during cold and flu season).*

It stimulates your immune system and energizes at the same time, so it’s no surprise that pine and juniper in particular, show up on the ingredients lists of a lot of natural products.

Clockwise, from left: Ctonics Tantra Shampoo ($34), Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream ($65), Red Flower Hinoki Mint Mineral Bath Soak ($48), Pangea Organics Canadian Pine with White Sage soap ($8).

Weleda Pine Reviving Bath Milk ($22), Frankincense-Pine Chunk Soap ($10.50), Living Nature Cleansing Clay Peel ($47), ilike Yarrow Oil ($48).

Aubrey Organics Men’s Stock Natural Herbal Pine Deodorant ($8.75), Erbaviva Breathe Body Lotion ($18), Niauli Oil ($10), Erbaviva Scotch Pine Essential Oil ($10)—the Niauli Oil is a great, natural alternative to conventional chest rubs for colds and flu.

These products contain juniper, a member of the pine family. Clockwise, from left: NaturalEve Lip Repair Balm ($18.80), Kimberly Sayer Slimming & Contouring Lotion ($36), Saaf Organic Complexion Boosting Serum ($64.95), Skin & Bones Therapy ($50).

Do you plan to add a dash of pine to your winter skincare routine? —Aleigh

*This is not to be taken as medical advice…I’m not a doctor!

(Top image via Ian Sane; product images via brands and boutiques)

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  1. Aimee D said on

    Interesting tip. I have also heard of making pine needle tea? I have never made it or tried it but would be interested to hear if anyone has heard of this. Has anyone tried it?

    I have also read that cedar has a sort of cleansing effect on the body’s systems and helps with acne. It is a natural anti-septic and also good for your metabolism and has benefits for those with high blood pressure. I assisted a holistic practitioner for several years who recommended taking hot baths with cedar boughs to help clear acne.

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