What is Pine (pinus koraiensis)oil ?

About Pinus Koraiensis

Pinus koraiensis is a species of pine known commonly as the Korean pine. It is native to eastern Asia: Korea, northeastern China, Mongolia, the temperate rainforests of the Russian Far East, and central Japan. In the north of its range, it grows at moderate altitudes, typically 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 900 metres (3,000 ft), whereas further south, it is a mountain tree, growing at 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) to 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) altitude in Japan. Other common names include Chinese pinenut.

It is a member of the white pine group, Pinus, section Quinquefoliae. In its native habitat and growing conditions it can reach 100 feet (30 m) in height. Cultivated specimens may grow up to 50 feet (15 m) tall. It is pyramidal in shape, younger specimens with ascending branches and older trees with more horizontal branches that reach ground level. The gray or brownish bark flakes off to reveal reddish inner bark. Its branches are lined with bundles of five blue-green needles each up to 4.5 inches (11 3⁄8 cm) and bear brown cones up to 6 inches (15 cm) long

About Pine Oil

Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of pine cones from pinus koraiensis .

In alternative medicine, it is said to be used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils or more commonly as a cleaning product. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, sanitizer, mircobicide / microbistat, virucide, insecticide,and a massage oil.[citation needed] It is also used as an effective herbicide where its action is to modify the waxy cuticle of plants, resulting in desiccation.


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 pine cone is distilled.

Chemically, pine oil consists mainly of α-terpineol and other 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 from which it is produced and the parts of the tree used.

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