Monday, October 1, 2012

A Scent-a-Day with EdieAnne: Festival of Trees

A Scent-a-Day with EdieAnne: Festival of Trees
Frolic in a forest of evergreens as fir needles fall among aromatic white cedar and musk, with a wintry whisper of citrus.

For some people, the pungent scent of pine invokes winter and the holidays. I know it does for me. Others associate pine with freshness and the forest air. Where I live that scent is very prominent and inviting. For those who practice aromatherapy, the essential oil of pine offers health benefits and treatment for a number of illnesses and conditions. A couple reasons to warm the scent of pine is for strength, and to reverse negative energies. It can also act as an expectorant that helps relieve stress and combat fatigue. They say tha Pine scents are some of the best choices to clear phlegm from the lungs, and is good for sinusitis and all bronchial conditions.
Being part of a "Logging" family I can tell you that an evergreen tree can grow up to 40 meters (130 feet) and has a flat crown and has a reddish-brown, deeply fissured bark, needle-like gray-green leaves that grow in pairs, orange-yellow flowers and pointed brown cones. It is extensively cultivated for its wood, tar, pitch, turpentine and essential oil and was used by the Native Americans to prevent scurvy. Mattresses where stuffed with the needles to repel lice and fleas and the ancient Egyptians used pine kernels in their cooking.
In vapor therapy or used in a Scentsy warmer, it can be used for asthma, colds, coughs, smokers cough, drowsiness, hangover and sinusitis. It is also known that the scent of Pine can be irritating to some so make sure to test it first and then learn to enjoy!  This is one of my favorite scents of all!