Pine essential oil (pinus sylvestris) is one of my favourite oils to use in massage blends for tired and aching muscles after a tough workout session or run but it has many more uses both for health and spellcasting. A truly magickal herb, pinus sylvestris was often used by the ancients to ward off evil and is said to have the power to not only clear the space but to return evil forces to their source.
In early Roman times, it was used in spring equinox rituals to resurrect Attis, lover of the Earth Goddess Cybele. Attis had been transformed into a pine tree after being killed by a wild boar. The ritual reenactment of his resurrection ensured the return of life to earth after the winter months.
The Christmas Tree harks back to the old pagan tradition of decorating the home with evergreens at yuletide. The church tried to suppress this habit to celebrate the life force of Mother Nature but to no avail… It is easy to understand why people would want a reminder of earth’s bounty when we contemplate that winter used to be an extremely harsh season which meant starvation for many people. Any light and hope that could be had would be extremely welcome during the darkest time of the year.
In spring, pine tree shoots would be chewed to cure vitamin C deficiency (with scurvy as the main visible symptom) and boost the immunity of bodies weakened by a limited winter diet. Pine needle infusion is a traditional remedy for both the common cold and cystitis.
You will find some useful information on how make an infusion that can be taken as tea or added to your bath to treat arthritis and gout HERE.
Physically, pine is an expectorant (loosens phlegm) and is used in many cough preparations for this reason. It is also antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic and antiseptic. Emotionally, pine is uplifting and energising. Mentally it helps with concentration.
NB. Never ingest the essential oil which is for topical use only.
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