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Pinus sylvestris

Pines embody the essence of resilience and determination, an arboreal image of 'mind over matter'. Growing among rocks and stones in inhospitable places where there is almost no soil, exposed to wind and weather, they inspire us to rise above difficulties and persist against the odds. Their resinous aroma elevates the spirit, clears the mind and makes the feet move lightly along the path. Their crowns waving gently in the sky above, they exude a lofty air of serenity and spread a sense of inner peace, tranquillity and calm. Those who are worn with fatigue and stress should make ample use of the refreshing and invigorating power of pines. In mythology Pines are commonly associated with the dwellings of fairies and gnomes. They symbolise humility, good fortune and prosperity, fertility and protection. Their evergreen needles are a certain indication of a potent life force. In the olden days, farmers sought to transfer this vital energy and protect their animals and kin by pinning some branches above the doors to ward off witchcraft, misfortune, disease and even lightning.

Pine is an excellent oil for muscle aches and pains, rheumatism and arthritis, neuralgia, stiffness etc. It is also useful for respiratory problems like sinusitis and is wonderful in a bath at the onset of a cold or flu, especially when one is feeling achy. It stimulates the circulation and is useful for numbness, nervous exhaustion, fatigue and listlessness

The oil can be used for protection and purification, to dispel negative energy and to cleanse a sacred space or ritual objects. It is sacred to Dionysos and can be used in fertility rites and for prosperity spells or amulets. It can help gain strength and courage in times of adversity and can be used for healing rituals. It is ideal in rites of passage and to celebrate the return of the sun at the winter solstice.

A fresh, balsamic, sweet, woody scent. Blends well with Rosemary, Cypress, Cedarwood, Manuka, Myrtle, Juniper, Niaouli, and Lemon Eucalyptus.