Dwarf Pine Needle

Other Name(s):

Aiguille de Pin Nain, Pin de Montagne, Pin des Montagnes, Pin Nain des Montagnes, Pin Mugo, Pino de Montaña, Pino Moro, Pinus montana, Pinus mugo, Pinus mugo var. pumilio, Pinus pumilio.

Overview

Dwarf pine is a tree. Oil from the needles and twigs is used to make medicine. Don't confuse dwarf pine oil with fir needle oil or scotch pine needle oil.

People take dwarf pine needle oil to help clear mucus from the lungs.

Dwarf pine needle is sometimes added to ointments and applied directly to the skin to prevent skin infections.

In foods and beverages, dwarf pine needle is used as a flavoring agent.

In other manufacturing processes, dwarf pine needle is used as a flavoring and fragrance in cough and cold medicines, vaporizer fluids, nasal decongestants, and ointments used to relieve pain. Dwarf pine needle oil is also used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

How does it work?

Some chemicals in dwarf pine needle oil might be able to fight bacteria and viruses.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Clearing mucus from the lungs.
  • Preventing skin infections, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of dwarf pine needle for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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Side Effects

Dwarf pine needle oil is safe for most people when used in amounts typically found in foods. It seems to be safe when applied directly to the skin, although some people experience skin irritation.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of dwarf pine needle oil during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergy: Some people are allergic to dwarf pine needle oil.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of dwarf pine needle depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for dwarf pine needle. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 6/14/2021
References

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182

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