About Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil
Floracopeia presents a unique and precious co-distillation of two powerful plants: the buttery-soft high mountain piñon pine, and the aerial parts of the long sacred Rocky Mountain Juniper tree from Colorado's Sangre de Christo mountains. High-altitude distillation means less heat is required during distillation, which in turn endows this fresh, sumptuous elixir with exceptional aromatic and aromatherapeutic qualities.
Pine oil, in its many varieties, might be the most common and recognized household fragrance, so popular is this aroma in the world of disinfectants and deodorizers. The essential oil of piñon pine is a much more refined version of the more crude, often synthetic variety. In aromatherapy, pine oil is known for its uplifting and purifying qualities, which support nearly every system of the body. A superior cleanser, pine essential oil can be used in keeping our homes and the air we breathe fresh and clean.
When inhaled through direct palm inhalation or diffused, richly balsamic and woody-sweet juniper essential oil works to support clear breathing, detoxification, and cleansing. Employed this way, along with therapeutic massage, juniper oil supports the wellness of our body's water system as well as the detoxification of our skin.
A world class detoxifier, juniper essential oil can be topically applied to improve skin health. Its cleansing properties encourage joint and muscle health, and makes an excellent addition to your massage oils. Juniper essential oil, applied over the abdomen, can also aid in detoxification from overindulgence in eating and drinking.
For the mind, this co-distillation has an uplifting, cleansing effect which can dispel worry and tiredness. When diffused, you will clear the air and release negative emotions. You can also keep this blend running in your diffuser to help promote winter wellness for your whole family.
Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil Profile
A brilliant Co-Distillation for Floracopeia from both the piñon pine needles gathered during fire mitigation projects in Colorado's Sangre de Christo mountains as well as the aerial parts of the long sacred Rocky Mountain Juniper tree.
How to Use Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil
- In the Diffuser: Piñon-Juniper oil can be used to deodorize your rooms, add as often as needed for a great boost in pure, fresh air quality. You will also get a boost in feeling alert, clear and productive. Add several drops to your diffuser along with bergamot and lavender to create an aromatically pleasing and effective blend.
Other Ways To Use Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil
Piñon-juniper oil can be applied topically (diluted), as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
- Inhale piñon-juniper essential oil through direct-palm inhalation when you need a boost of clarity, strength and vitality.
- For deep household cleaning, add several drops to warm water or your favorite cleaner.
- You can also add a drop or two to the laundry or in with soaking gym shoes.
- Add several drops to steaming water to assist in opening and clearing a deep, penetrating breath.
- Add 4 drops pine to 1 oz lotion or massage oil and massage regularly into areas of the body that have been busy in the garden or at the gym.
Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil Recipes
- Wintertime Breathing: 2 drops piñon-juniper, 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops lemon, 1 drop rosemary , 1 drop thyme in steaming water — inhale (slowly, taking deeper and deeper breaths through nose and mouth) with eyes closed and head covered.
- Household Cleansing Spray: 12 drops piñon-juniper pine, 12 drops eucalyptus, 12 drops tea tree in 8 oz mist bottle.
- Healthy Water Balance Blend (supports regulation of fluid): 8 drops piñon-juniper essential oil, 4 drops cypress essential oil, 4 drops geranium essential oil, 4 drops rosemary essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil in 15 mL of jojoba oil.
- Healthy Joint Blend: 8 drops piñon-juniper essential oil, 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus essential oil, 4 drops rosemary essential oil, 4 drops marjoram essential oil and 2 drops ginger essential oil in 15 mL of your favorite carrier oil.
Interesting Piñon-Juniper Essential Oil Co-distillation Information
Therapeutically, the historical use of piñon sap by Native Americans was for respiratory and infectious purposes, as well as wound healing and tissue regeneration. Pine needles from many species have been used traditionally by American Indians as a stuffing for mattresses, while pine tea was used to cure numerous diseases and ailments from muscular pain to scurvy. Pine needle oil is now most commonly found in cleaning products, and as an ingredient in popular bath, fragrance and food products. Juniperus scopulorum is native to the Rocky Mountain chain, which extends from British Columbia south to New Mexico. The species is found on low mountain slopes, canyon bottoms, and dry, exposed sites over a wide range of elevations. The increasingly reduced concentration of the species as one goes further south indicates a much wider distribution in earlier geologic times. The berries of this particular variety of juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) was widely used by Native American tribes to help manage asthma and to treat a variety of illnesses and pain. The fresh berries were eaten and the leaves and inner bark were boiled and infused as a tea to treat cough and fevers. The juniper fruit is in fact not a berry at all but is derived from a portion of the juniper cone, which takes three years to mature. Juniper was commonly burned as incense and as a fumigant by ancient Greeks. The berries have been used traditionally by the Zuni Indians to assist in childbirth, and have also been employed by Tibetans and Native Americans for ceremonial purposes. All parts of the juniper bush may be distilled; however, the ripe berries are considered the most therapeutic part of the plant.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Middle to top
- Odor: Soft and warm, floral-fruity, terpenic, resinous, buttery, woody, coniferous
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Mild to medium
- Piñon-Juniper Blends Well With: citrus oils such as bergamot, grapefruit and neroli; conifer oils such as cedar, and pine; also eucalyptus, rosemary, sage and lavender, geranium, and vetiver. To enjoy the depth and complexity of this co-distillation, it is recommended that it first be sampled on its own.
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Safety Considerations for Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil
Piñon-Juniper oil is non-toxic, though should not be used by those with kidney disease, acute bladder infections, or during pregnancy. Non- to mildly-sensitizing. May cause allergic reactions in sensitive or allergy-prone individuals; do a patch test first and use sparingly. Do not take this piñon pine/rocky mountain juniper co-distillation internally.
- Botanical Name: Pinus edulis, Juniperus scopulorum
- Family: Pinaceae, Cupressaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Piñon-Juniper Co-distillation Essential Oil
- Origin: Colorado, U.S.A.
- Method of Extraction: Steam Co-Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Pine Needles, Juniper aerial parts
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: 0.05% - 0.1%
- Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)