21 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Maritime Pine Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Maritime pine is often used to relieve stress and pain, mask odours and purify air.
This gentler, more soothing pine oil grows along the Mediterranean and has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Also known as ‘sea pine’ or ‘ocean pine’, maritime pine was first reported to be used in medicine by Hippocrates in the 4th century BCE. By the 15th century, the bark of the maritime pine was used widely for its healing, soothing properties. Today, maritime pine is known to share many of the healing, purifying properties of pine needle oil with additional benefits for our mind.
Maritime pine essential oil can soothe and heal.
Maritime pine essential oil has been found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Thousands of years ago in Greece, Hippocrates used the oil to reduce inflammation, and the oil is still used for the same purposes today. A study in 2018 observed that maritime pine oil had a remarkably soothing effect on sore muscles, reducing inflammation around the affected area and relieving related pain. Adding a few drops of maritime pine oil to a carrier oil can make for an effective natural muscle balm.
The same study also observed that the oil had powerful wound-healing abilities. Applying potent natural products to an open wound can cause irritation, but you may want to add a few drops of maritime pine oil to a carrier oil and use the solution to clean the area around the wound.
It can relieve anxiety.
One of the things that sets maritime pine oil apart from other oils in the pine family is its ability to ease symptoms of anxiety. Maritime pine oil has a much higher ester content than other species of pine. This makes it unique in its stress-relieving properties. The ester in the oil gives it sedative properties, which promotes a feeling of calm and reduces anxious feelings. Inhaling maritime pine oil or diffusing it in your home can help you to manage stress and anxiety.
It can improve air quality.
Like other coniferous oils, maritime pine oil has air-purifying properties that allow it to reduce bacteria and improve the quality of air. This not only adds to its stress-relieving effects, but also allows for easier breathing. Some people have even used maritime pine oil to lessen symptoms of asthma, however the oil should never be used in place of asthma medication. A few drops of maritime pine oil in a diffuser can act as a natural air freshener.
It’s a natural deodorant.
Maritime pine oil’s purifying effects – along with its fresh, woodsy scent – make it a great natural deodorant. It can attack bacteria that may cause body odour and mask unpleasant scents. A dab of maritime pine oil under the armpits or at the neck can be used in place of deodorant or perfume – just remember that you should always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them topically.
Coastal maritime pine’s gentle, relieving qualities along with its forest scent give it an aura of comfort and safety. The oil lends a homey feel to any space and can help us to stay at our happiest and most content.
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