You may have already heard that Swiss stone pine oil can have a calming effect on the body. Here we show you what other scientifically proven effects this oil has and how it is extracted from the Swiss stone pine.
Furthermore, you will find out in our Swiss stone pine oil test 2021 which criteria you can use to find the right Swiss stone pine oil for you. We will provide you with all the necessary information about Swiss stone pine oil and give you a basic overview of this essential oil.
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- 3 The Best Swiss Stone Pine Oil: Our Choices
- 4 Buying and evaluation criteria for Swiss stone pine oil products
- 5 Guide: Frequently asked questions about Swiss stone pine oil products answered in detail
- 5.1 What is Swiss stone pine oil and how is it extracted?
- 5.2 How does Swiss stone pine oil work and for which applications are these active ingredients useful?
- 5.3 What other positive effects can be achieved with Swiss stone pine oil?
- 5.4 What types and forms of pine oil are there?
- 5.5 How much do Swiss stone pine oil products cost?
- 5.6 How should pine oil be dosed?
- 5.7 What products are available on the subject of Swiss stone pine oil?
- This test shows how Swiss stone pine oil from the wood of the Swiss stone pine can have positive properties on the body, but also what other effects can be achieved with this oil.
- Swiss stone pine oil is available in different forms, as a classic essential oil, but also as a balm or room spray mixed with alcohol. In this article you will find out which form is right for you.
- Some beneficial healing effects of Swiss stone pine oil have been shown in studies. These include the positive influence on the heart rate and the general ability to cope with stress and recover.
The Best Swiss Stone Pine Oil: Our Choices
Buying and evaluation criteria for Swiss stone pine oil products
When buying Swiss stone pine oil, you can pay attention to various aspects, such as:
In the following, we will show you these 4 criteria that will help you decide between the Swiss stone pine oils:
When it comes to purity, you should choose a 100 percent natural product, which you can either find in the product description or verify by looking at the ingredients.
Many oils for room freshening often use aroma or even other oils for stretching, which reduces the natural effect and in the worst case can even cause unwanted allergies or skin rashes.
Another quality level are the organic certified Swiss stone pine oils, here an ecologically sustainable form of stone pine extraction is used. Significantly fewer processing aids are permitted in the processing of the oil than in conventional oil processing.
Due to the organic certification, no chemical production is possible, often even wild growth is used for the harvest, which results in an even higher quality level.
You can choose the amount of oil you want, most bottles contain about 10 millilitres up to 100 millilitres. For the most common applications, you only need a few drops of Swiss stone pine oil.
With large bottles, you should pay particular attention to the purity of the oil, as these quantities are more likely to be stretched variants. In the following sections, you will learn more about the dosage of Swiss stone pine oil, so that it is easier for you to choose the right amount.
Basically, you can't go wrong with a 10 millilitre bottle and thus the smallest packaging size to start with.
Properties of the bottle and accessories
Swiss stone pine oil is sold in various bottles, most of which are amber glass apothecary bottles, which should be chosen in order to protect the contents.
When choosing a bottle, the quality of the lid can also play a role. Some bottles come with a pipette or even a dropper to make dosing as easy as possible, and there are also variants with an atomiser.
With pipette / dropper
In order to be able to dose the oil without loss, there is Swiss stone pine oil in bottles with a pipette. If you want to measure the amount as precisely as possible, a so-called dropper may be the right accessory for you.
If you want to distribute the oil finely in the air without a diffuser or aroma lamp, a bottle cap with an atomiser is ideal. It is ideal for room scenting, neutralising odours or reactivating stone pine or sleeping pillows.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about Swiss stone pine oil products answered in detail
In order to inform you comprehensively about the effectiveness and use of Swiss stone pine oil and to give you an understanding of the current state of science, we have summarised all the important information in the following sections.
What is Swiss stone pine oil and how is it extracted?
Swiss stone pine grows mainly in the Alps and the Carpathians at altitudes of up to 2000 metres above sea level. The tree grows to a height of about 25 metres and can reach a maximum age of about 1000 years.
For the production of Swiss stone pine oil, needles, twigs and cones of the Swiss stone pine are used and mostly produced with a very gentle traditional method, namely distillation by steam, thus preserving valuable ingredients. To distil 100 millilitres of Swiss stone pine oil, about 100 kilograms of the pine plant are needed.
Harvesting Swiss stone pine cones and needles is a difficult process, as this tree only grows at altitudes above 1300 metres and it is not a fall harvest, i.e. the cones do not fall to the ground as they do with fir trees.
The collectors need permits or their own areas for harvesting, as in most places there is a ban on collecting according to the Nature Conservation Act.
How does Swiss stone pine oil work and for which applications are these active ingredients useful?
|Active ingredient||Area of application|
|Bornyl acetate||May have positive effects on fertility and birth and thus have an anti-abortive effect(1). Furthermore, according to studies, bornyl acetate, which is contained in Swiss stone pine oil, has a preventive and regulating effect on inflammation in the lungs(2).|
|Cineol||Cineol is in itself a terpene which is also found in eucalyptus plants, it has been shown that cineol as well as bornyl acetate can have positive effects on pneumonia(3) and colds, furthermore a reduction of nasal polyps was shown by cineol(4).|
|Limonene||This active ingredient is said to have antitumour, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects(5). Caries in its early stages can possibly be prevented with limonene and its progression slowed down by inhibiting collagen degradation in the tooth(6).|
|Pinosylvin||One of the largest active ingredients within Swiss stone pine oil is pinosylvin, which has a positive effect on sleep disorders and insomnia and provides antibacterial effects. (7, 8) Due to the antibacterial effect and other properties of pinosylvin, it is also used for oral hygiene and can have positive effects on cancer formation(9, 10).|
|Pinene||According to some studies it has antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties, furthermore it can have a positive effect on muscle spasms and their pain(11, 12, 13).|
These ingredients can also be found in many other individual plants. Swiss stone pine oil, however, has a very good combination of all the active ingredients listed and is therefore considered a highly valued mountain product.
What other positive effects can be achieved with Swiss stone pine oil?
Apart from the individual active ingredients, Swiss stone pine oil and Swiss stone pine as a whole have been scientifically investigated with the following results:
Circulation, sleep and well-being: Several tests showed that differences in the quality of relaxation can occur in a stone pine room compared to an identical wood decor room. This is clearly demonstrated by a lower heart rate and an accelerated vegetative recovery process due to the essential oils which
Arolla pine furniture releases. In the case of sleep, a possible positive influence on the quality of sleep and the mental state was shown, and sociability could also be increased. Possibly for this reason, local facilities were lined with Swiss stone pine panelling at that time(14).
Moth protection: Swiss stone pine wood can have a positive effect on the reduction of clothes moths compared to other types of wood. If stone pine wood is also treated with stone pine oil, this showed a further reduction in terms of larvae formation and the associated reduced loss of feeding on clothing(15).
Reduction of fine dust: In rooms with high fine dust pollution, the effects of Swiss stone pine can respond positively to the reduction of fine dust(16).
Antibacterial effect: Swiss stone pine wood and thus also Swiss stone pine oil can have an antibacterial effect and thus have an effect on the formation of colonies of bacteria. This effect is particularly effective in humid environments(17).
Swiss stone pine oil has many advantages, but there are also side effects, but these are relatively minor. When applied directly to the skin, you should choose Swiss stone pine oil in the form of a balm or dilute the Swiss stone pine oil slightly, otherwise skin irritation and irritation may occur.
Hypersensitivity can trigger allergies on the skin. If the dosage is too high, headaches may occur; otherwise, no other side effects are known.
What types and forms of pine oil are there?
|Conventional Swiss stone pine oil||Forms the purest form without further supplementary additives and can be used most widely|
|Swiss stone pine oil balsam||Is ideal for direct application to the skin due to its gentle form|
|Swiss stone pine oil spray||Can be perfectly dispersed in the air due to its atomiser at the end of the bottle and the alcohols contained in the spray|
Some of the following effects are scientifically proven and listed in the previous sections, other examples of effects are often of naturopathic origin and not proven, but their use is widespread.
Traditional Swiss stone pine oil
There are many different ways in which you can use Swiss stone pine oil. The most common uses of Swiss stone pine oil are as a room fragrance, for inhalation, as a bath additive, for massage or as an insect repellent.
Room fragrance: As a room fragrance, you can use Swiss stone pine oil in fragrance lamps or in a diffuser, but also drizzle it on scented stones or wooden balls to distribute a pleasant aroma in the room.
Inhalation: To inhale Swiss stone pine oil, put a few drops in a bowl filled with warm water. Under a towel, you can inhale the vapours deeply if you have a cold or sinusitis. Inhalation can also cleanse the skin of the face and relieve headaches.
Insect protection: To protect your wardrobe from moths, you can wipe it with a mixture of water and a few drops of pine oil. Afterwards, hang a scented sachet with Swiss stone pine oil in your wardrobe and you should be protected from annoying clothes moths for a long time.
You can also keep mosquitoes away with a fragrance lamp and Swiss stone pine oil. In the case of insect bites, it is a good idea to drip Swiss stone pine oil on the bite in order to reduce your bite symptoms as much as possible.
Bath: In a bath you can draw from the vapours of the Swiss stone pine oil. To do this, mix the oil with sea salt to bind it so that it is well distributed in the bath water. This type of bath is said to have a calming, immune-boosting, mood-lifting and cleansing effect on the skin.
Massage: For a relaxing massage, you can mix the oil of Swiss stone pine with other natural oils. Suitable oils are for example: Coconut oil, olive oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil or almond oil.
This overview consists of frequently used application examples, but there are many more ways to use Swiss stone pine oil. You will be informed about the dosages of the individual applications in one of the following chapters.
Swiss stone pine oil balsam
Due to its creamy texture, Swiss stone pine oil balsam is ideal for applying to the skin and, according to some reports, can have a positive effect on rheumatism, arthritis, arthrosis or aching joints, as well as muscle pain, but the balsam is also used for colds.
Not only the pain is supposed to be reduced with Zirbenöl Balsam, but also the care of the skin is in the foreground, through its oily properties, it is kept supple.
You can apply the balm to the upper part of the back near the shoulder blades or on the chest when you have a cold or flu. Some also rub a small amount under the nose to inhale the essential oils.
The balm is said to have a calming effect and to clear the respiratory tract and relieve inflammation.
Swiss Pine Oil Spray
Swiss stone pine oil spray is mixed with alcohol in order to atomise more finely and leave a smaller oil film. You can use this spray to freshen up your pine cushions, pine wood or furniture. It can also be mixed directly with the air as a room freshener.
Oil is difficult to spray and achieves a very fine atomisation when mixed optimally with alcohol. You can also use it for bad smells in the kitchen or against cigarette smells, which are supposed to be neutralised by the Swiss stone pine oil spray.
How much do Swiss stone pine oil products cost?
For a better comparison, we have listed a price overview that shows the price per 10 millilitres. The price for balm and spray is significantly lower due to the mixture with cream and alcohol.
|Swiss stone pine oil||approx. 2.50-12 euros/10 millilitres|
|Organic Swiss stone pine oil||approx. 5.50 to 20 euros/10 millilitres|
|Swiss stone pine oil balm||approx. 0.45 to 1.00 euros/10 millilitres|
|Swiss stone pine oil spray||approx. 1.20 to 1.60 euros/10 millilitres|
Basically, it can be said that a higher purchase quantity leads to a lower price per 10 millilitres, but the quality is also responsible for the price.
How should pine oil be dosed?
|Massage||1 to 2 drops to 15 millilitres of base oil|
|Aroma Diffuser||1 to 3 drops to 500 millilitres of water|
|Cosmetics||1 to 2 drops to 15 millilitres of base cream|
|Aroma Bath||7 to 10 drops mixed with sea salt|
|Evaporation in an aroma lamp||1 to 2 drops to 15 millilitres of water|
|Sauna||20 drops to 5 litres of infusion water|
|Mixture for the skin||2 to 3 drops to 50 millilitres of water|
This will give you an approximate estimate and help you choose the amount of oil you need.
What products are available on the subject of Swiss stone pine oil?
|Swiss stone pine pillow||A Swiss stone pine pillow consists of Swiss stone pine shavings. You can use it for sleeping and, in order to maintain the aroma, sprinkle it with Swiss stone pine oil from time to time.|
|Zirbenauge||A Zirbenauge or Duftauge is a round eye-shaped ball that is ideal as a fragrance dispenser when dripped with Zirben oil|
|Aroma diffuser||An aroma diffuser forms a fine aromatic mist by mixing Zirben oil with water to freshen up a room.|
|Aroma lamp||Aroma lamps are usually operated with a tea light or a candle. The heat of the candle is used to vaporise a mixture of water and Swiss stone pine oil to aromatise the room. However, there are also variants with direct light bulbs for heating.|
|Swiss stone pine cube with shavings||This is a wooden cube filled with Swiss stone pine shavings that can be sprinkled with Swiss stone pine oil as needed. It is suitable for distributing the scent in the room.|
|Room fan made of Swiss stone pine||There are now various room fan models made of Swiss stone pine, which distribute the pleasant smell of Swiss stone pine in the room by means of a fan. Some models also serve as air humidifiers.|
Furthermore, there are some gift boxes with Swiss stone pine wood and Swiss stone pine oil with which you can give pleasure to your loved ones.
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