How to Use Pine Oil to Alleviate Cold Symptoms

Pine oil has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, using it for aromatherapy or in topical treatments can help alleviate cold symptoms.
How to Use Pine Oil to Alleviate Cold Symptoms

Last update: 07 May, 2020

Most cases of the common cold can be treated at home with some basic care and rest. However, you can try natural alternatives like pine oil to speed up the healing process and help alleviate your symptoms faster.

You can take advantage of the properties of pine oil through topical ointments or with aromatherapy. Due to the volatile compounds in its composition, pine oil facilitates decongesting of the respiratory tract and helps relieve headaches.

In fact, pine oil is also thought to have antiviral properties that can contribute more directly to the treatment of your infection. However, more evidence is needed to corroborate those effects. Even so, coming up we’ll tell you how to use pine oil effectively.

How pine oil helps treat colds

Essential oils.
Pine oil is an essential oil, and like its analogues like eucalyptus oil, it’s a powerful decongestant and expectorant to help treat cold symptoms.

Pine oil is a product extracted from the needles of Pinus sylvestris. It isn’t new to the world of medicine and, in fact, has been used in pharmaceuticals. Its composition is similar to that of tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil.

Due to the above, it’s no surprise that pine oil has active ingredients with antiseptic, antibacterial, and analgesic properties. In fact, thanks to the phenols it provides, it’s an excellent option to combat some microorganisms that affect colds.

Inhaling it and using it topically reduces nasal and chest congestion. Additionally, it makes your mucus more liquid and stimulates the removal of pathogenic agents. Even if it doesn’t work miracles against respiratory problems, it can still be a good ally to alleviate your symptoms.

How do you use pine oil for colds?

There are many ways to take advantage of the properties of pine oil for the treatment of colds. However, one of the simplest and most effective ways is through inhalation. This can be done by putting a few drops on a piece of cotton or cloth, preferably diluted in a bit of water.

This treatment helps to clean out your nostrils, especially when you are producing an excess of mucus. It can also help you to reduce stress to promote a reparative sleep. Other ways to use pine oil include:

  • In a diffuser, to purify the air
  • Diluted in a carrier oil, like coconut oil or olive oil, to rub in with a massage
  • Mixed with a carrier oil to add to bathwater
  • Added in small quantities to a bowl of hot water to inhale the vapors
  • Applied through a hot or warm compress

A natural remedy with pine oil to alleviate cold symptoms

Pine oil ointment.
Applying pine oil topically helps to alleviate congestion so you can fall asleep.

In addition to using the previously mentioned remedies, you can also prepare a homemade ointment with pine oil. You can rub this ointment on your chest, neck, and feet, especially before going to sleep.


  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil (45 ml)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (100 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons of grated beeswax (60 g)
  • 10 drops of pine oil
  • 10 drops of mint oil (optional)


  1. To start, pour the olive oil and the coconut oil into a heat-resistant container
  2. Then, heat in a water bath or in the microwave
  3. When the oils combine, add the beeswax and the essential oils
  4. Wait a few minutes, until the ingredients mix completely
  5. Once you have a homogeneous mixture, remove it from the fire
  6. Next, pour the mixture into a glass container and let it solidify
  7. Lastly, cover it and store it in a dark, cool place

To use it

  • Scoop the ointment with the tip of your finger and rub it on the mentioned areas
  • Massage the area for a few minutes, until it’s completely absorbed
  • If possible, cover it completely using blankets and socks
  • Repeat these steps 3 days in a row or until you feel better

Warnings about the use of pine oil

Pine oil, like other essential oils, is extremely potent. Due to this, you should never ingest it. You also shouldn’t use it concentrated, without diluting it first. In its pure state it can irritate your skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.

Carrier oils (coconut, avocado, olive, almond, and other oils) are the best accompaniment to dilute this type of oil. Given that it can cause allergic reactions, you should always do a sensitivity test on your skin before using it topically.

The test consists of rubbing a small amount of the treatment on your forearm or another region of skin. If you don’t have any negative reaction after a few hours of it on your skin, then it’s safe to use. Finally, you should verify the quality of the oil, don’t confuse it with essential oils with essences.

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