Mountain Pines (Pinus mugo) go by the name Mugo pines, Swiss mountain pine and dwarf mountain pine. Some books spell the name ‘mugho' but botanically, there is no ‘h' in the name. This pine, as the name suggests, come from high mountains, in this case, the mountains of Europe. These include the Alps, Apennines, Pyrenees, Balkans and Tatras. In the wild, they extend into the subalpine and even alpine zones. Although grown as a dwarf, in their native haunts, they can reach 6 m (20 feet) which is small for a pine. A tall and shrub-like tree harvested from the Swiss Alps, this plant is used in healing skin and scalp diseases.
Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo) and the Human Body
Pine oil has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-neuralgic, and anti-rheumatic properties. It also works as a good decongestant and expectorant for respiratory ailments. In addition, pine oil is praised for its ability to naturally:
- Ease muscular stiffness and rheumatism as a rubefacient8
- Relax the body when added in bath
- Stimulate healthy metabolism
- Boost activity levels
- Help eliminate excess water, uric acid, salt, and fat through urination
- Neutralize free radicals with its rich antioxidant capacity
- Cure urinary tract infection (UTI)
The pine oil is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it a potential substitute for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that comes with loads of devastating side effects.
Our Mountain Pine (Pinus mugo) Biotechnology Research
Pine oil may be useful with a variety of skin conditions due to its strong cleansing capacities. This includes psoriasis, acne, boils, Athlete’s foot, eczema and itching. Applied topically, it can also be used for a remedy of the scalp, especially in cases of dryness and dandruff.
The scientific research team behind CLINIVITA researches Pinus mugo for its health benefits in various therapeutic areas.