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  • Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, particularly Pinus sylvestris.
  • Pine oil is distinguished from other products from pine such as turpentine, the low-boiling fraction from the distillation of pine sap, and rosin, the thick tar remaining after turpentine is distilled.
  • Chemically, pine oil consists mainly of cyclic terpene alcohols. It may also contain terpene hydrocarbons, ethers, and esters.
  • The exact composition depends on various factors such as the variety of pine it is produced from and the parts of the tree used.


  • Pine oil, which is derived synthetically and from a distillation process of the wood and needles of pine trees, is commonly found in numerous household products.
  • Pine oil was originally described as the mixture of isomeric secondary and tertiary cyclic terpene alcohol obtained by distillaion of pines.
  • The cheapest and most abundant pine oil available today is a by-product of wood pulping from pulp mills, and is a complex mixture of varying amounts of monoterpenes and other natural products.


  • Pine oil is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as a lubricant.
  • Pine oil  is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial.
  • Industrially, pine oil is used in metal extraction from ores.
  • Pine oil will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis , rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery.


  • Pine oil has a relatively low human toxicity level, however it irritates the skin and mucous membranes and has been known to cause breathing problems. Large doses may cause central nervous system depression.
  • Swallowing pine oil can have severe effects on many parts of the body. The faster a patient gets medical help, the better the chance for recovery.
  • The pine oil ester is more effective as a base oil for an electrorheological fluid if the effectiveness is measured purely on the basis of maximum shear strength versus shear rate.

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