Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)
Pinon Pine essential oil comes from the same tree that gives us pine nuts.
Its aroma is fresh and piney, like other conifers, but it also has hints of citrus that remind me of pineapple.
Pinon Pine essential oil loves to create welcoming, safe spaces. I can just imagine it having an upscale mountain resort surrounded by conifer trees, complete with a chauffeur service and carved pineapples at the gates. (I learned that pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality. How fitting!)
This essential oil spotlight shares ways to use Pinon Pine essential oil for:
- Natural cleaning
- Allergy relief
- Respiratory health
- Preventing colds and the flu (or reducing their symptoms)
- Reducing germs
- Feeling relaxed and uplifted
Pinon Pine is also spelled Piñon, Pinyon, and Pinion. When you're buying the essential oil, just know you're looking for Pinus edulis, and you'll be all set!
Pinon Pine Natural Cleaning Spray: Fit for a Mountain Resort
There's something about Pinon Pine that's a little more elegant than some of the other conifers. If it had a job, I think it would be at a high-class resort!
Pinon Pine's resort would have all the amenities, including a spa with Massage Therapists and natural healers on staff. Pinon Pine is also great at cleaning, so everything would be spic-and-span.
All this contributes to Pinon Pine’s goal of making you feel protected, relaxed, and uplifted.
"Welcome to the Mountains" Cleaning Spray
- 3.75 oz (112.5 ml) distilled water
- Dash of vinegar (.25 oz/7.5 ml should be just right)
- 12 drops Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)
- 6 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Make your cleaning spray in a 4 oz (120 ml) glass spray bottle.
You can use it on surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere in your home. I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks, since it's not made with a preservative.
I also suggest doing a small spot test of this cleaner. It's generally good for any surfaces that respond well to water, but it's always nice to treat your home surfaces with respect and double check. Try this on a small, out of sight area before using it on your entire counter (or sink, or tiles, etc!)
It's amazing to me how much all of the conifer oils have in common. They're all excellent at natural cleaning, immune support, and respiratory care . . . and yet they have differences that make each one unique. They also all combine beautifully with the citruses, which are excellent cleaners in their own right.
If you don't have Pinon Pine, you really can substitute any of the conifers and successfully make these blends. Get creative, "mixing and matching" the conifers and citruses to make your own unique natural cleaner. Have fun!
Pinon Pine is Your Anti-Allergy Nature Guide!
Pinon Pine essential oil understands that many of its fellow plants can cause allergies . . . but that doesn’t mean it will let them get away with it!
It’s good at reducing inflammation and supporting respiratory health. If you ever find yourself with the sniffles and itchy, watery eyes when you go for a hike in the woods, take along Pinon Pine. It wants its forest home to be a welcoming place for you, and it knows how to convince other inhabitants of the woods not to irritate you.
Consider Pinon Pine your anti-allergy nature guide!
You don’t have to save Pinon Pine for when you’re outside—it’s right at home in your home, too. It’s adaptable. You can use it in an inhaler, in massage oil, and in body butters and lotion.
This is a blend you can add to lotion. Make it in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass jar and use it to moisturize on days when you’re feeling particularly allergy-prone.
"I can Breathe Anywhere!" Anti-Allergy Blend
- 1 oz (28 g) unscented lotion
- 5 drops Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)
- 2 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
- 4 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
- 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
You can also use this blend in an Aromatherapy inhaler.
You can even stick with the exact same drop count.
The lotion blend above is at a 3% dilution, which is 15 to 18 drops for every 1 oz (28 g) of carrier. I use about 15 drops of essential oil in an inhaler, so it adapts perfectly.
I recommend making this blend fresh every few weeks, since most natural lotions and skin creams are not made with preservatives.
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Allergies can seem unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to suffering from them. Essential oils are here for us, and they can really, truly help!
Banish Unwelcome Viral Visitors with Pinon Pine
When you have a cold or flu virus, it’s like having unwelcome guests in your home.
They make a mess of your personal space (just as a cold or flu makes your body feel like a mess). They never help out with the cleaning (and a virus can lower your energy so you can’t get much cleaning done, either). They won’t leave when you ask them to (and have you ever tried just asking a cold or flu virus to go away? They can be so stubborn!)
They leave you feeling tired and miserable all over.
Pinon Pine essential oil can help clear out these unwelcome visitors, so you can reclaim your space and your health. It will clean up your home, brew you a warm cup of tea, and then give you a massage until you can breathe again.
And here’s the massage oil it would use!
Bye-Bye Cold and Flu Massage Oil
- ½ oz (15 ml) Jamaican black castor oil (Ricinis communis)
- ½ oz (15 ml) Vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 9 drops Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)
- 4 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
- 5 drops Sugandha Kokila (Cinnamomum glaucescens)
Make your massage oil in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.
The Jamaican black castor oil is such a great carrier for this blend. It’s pressed from the seeds of the same plant as regular castor oil, but the seeds are roasted first. This creates a warmer castor oil that’s so comforting when you’re recovering from a virus.
The other essential oils in this blend support Pinon Pine's work.
Cedarwood is a gentle but strong oil for respiratory health. (I love it for children's blends!) It has a sweet, warm, woody scent and can clear congestion while chasing away germs.
Sugandha Kokila essential oil has a more camphoraceous aroma, similar to Eucalyptus, but a bit warmer and spicier. It brings an ability to calm inflammation and ease pain . . . so much so that it's a good choice for joint pain blends. If you don't have it, you can substitute Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) or Ginger (Zingiber officinale).
Pinon Pine Natural Hand Cleanser (great for travel!)
Imagine you’ve been on a long trip. Maybe you were touring Europe, or went on a business trip to a string of cities in the US.
The final stage of your journey was a long flight followed by a car ride from the airport. When you finally get home, you take a deep breath and feel like you can rest. You’re safe, warm, and right where you’re supposed to be.
That’s the feeling Pinon Pine essential oil likes to inspire!
It has such a talent for hospitality. It likes giving us clean, safe places where we can rest and recharge. It can even do this in hotel rooms and on the road—keeping our immunity, energy, and spirits up as we travel. I like to take it with me by making a natural hand cleanser.
Pinon Pine & Tea Tree Hand Cleanser
- 2 oz (56 g) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 24 drops Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)
- 12 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
I make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) spray bottle or a flip-top bottle.
To use it, give it a good shake and rub a small amount between your palms, making sure to get all your fingers.
I recommend making a fresh bottle of this blend every few weeks, since aloe vera gel is a water-based carrier and we're not using preservatives in this blend.
If you like, you can use a bit of Solubol dispersant to help keep the essential oils distributed. You'd need about 6 ml of Solubol for this, so be sure to leave room in the bottle for that.
If you’ll be traveling with kids, here’s another version of this recipe you can make with less essential oil. The recipe is for 4 oz (120 ml), but you can just reduce it by half to make 2 oz (60 ml). Little hands need less essential oil to keep them clean!
Before we end this Spotlight, I want to give you a quick safety note about Pinon Pine.
Pinon Pine (like many conifers) requires what we call "evaluation for tolerance."
This especially comes into play for people who have asthma, or another breathing problem. For some, the essential oil actually causes a tightening in the chest, instead of an opening. If you're using the oil for someone else, you can have them smell the lid of the bottle. Ask if it makes their chest feel more open or a little tighter. If it's constricting, you can choose another oil for them. Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) would be a great choice.
Invite Pinon Pine over for a chat . . .
We've mentioned how hospitable Pinon Pine can be, inviting everyone to its gorgeous mountain resort and making you comfortable in the woods. But it's also a great guest! It will even bring a delicious meal to share with you, complete with a nourishing topping of pine nuts.