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Jack Pine is a general tonic and stimulant for the body, a highly valuable anti-inflammatory for the respiratory and osteo-articular systems, and an excellent stimulant for the digestive system through its exocrinostimulant action on the digestive and intestinal glands. It is also invaluable in cases of respiratory infections.

Latin name: Pinus Banksiana

French name: Pin Gris

English name: Jack Pine

Botanical family: Pinaceae

Origin: Quebec, Canada

Harvesting time: May to October

Parts distilled: Twigs and needles

Organoleptic characteristics: Pale yellow to greenish, woody and resinous fragrance.

Components: α-pinene 45-60%%, β-pinene 8-14%, bornyl acetate 4-10%, δ3-carene 4-10%, camphene 1-6%.

Jack Pine, mainly composed of α-pinene and β-pinene, is a essential oil known for its stimulating and positive properties on the body. She acts like a general tonic, stimulating the respiratory and osteoarticular system while providing relaxation and skin soothing.


• Circulatory system: promotes lymphatic circulation.

• Cutaneous system: initial anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, relaxing, soothing, and lipophilic.

• Digestive system: appetite stimulant, promotes digestion, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal.

• Endocrine system: acts on the adrenals, a modulator of the autonomic nervous system.

Immune system: rapid immune stimulant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, vermifuge, anti-fungal.
Respiratory system: pulmonary decongestant, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, expectorant.

• The nervous system: relaxing, analgesic, anxiolytic.

Osteo-articular system: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, stimulating, decongestant, anti-arthritic, warming.

- Psychic toning.
- Adaptogen.
- Mentally stimulating.
- Promotes concentration and logical reasoning.

Indicated for respiratory conditions such as colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, catarrh, as well as for states of fatigue, rheumatic and arthritic pain, aerophagia and hot flashes.

This native tree, also called cypress in Quebec, without however belonging to this family, can reach up to 20 meters in height. It grows in the boreal forest in Canada, especially in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and in the prairies. Preferring poor, sandy soils, it can live up to 150 years. Its long branches, often twisted, sometimes moribund, or even dead, can give it a neglected appearance. Its thin bark, reddish brown to gray at the start of life, takes on a dark brown color when mature, scaly with thick, irregular plates, interspersed with furrows.

The oblong cones scattered all along the branches measure 4 to 5 cm and can stay on the tree for so long, 10 to 15 years, that the lichen has time to develop there. Its seed production begins from the age of 30 and reaches its full potential around the age of 70-80. Seeds in cones can survive up to 25 years. Finally, its short needles are gathered in pairs in a small sheath, installed all around the branch.

The Jack Pine's survival strategy is particularly ingenious. In fact, the female cones, welded together by the resin, only burst under the effect of great heat. Thus, during a fire, the seeds are dispersed over a distance of up to 100 meters and germinate within around ten days. Consequently, the Gray Pine takes the opportunity to invade the territory and, as it grows rapidly during the first 20 years of its life, that’s it! Its survival is therefore directly linked to forest fires, because in the absence of intense heat, the seeds will remain captive. In the past, the pioneers despised this tree and tried to get rid of it by setting it on fire… of course, they ended up with an abundance of Jack Pine!

This species is vital to the survival of the endangered Kirtland's Warbler. In fact, these small birds nest exclusively in pure stands of young Jack Pines.. Furthermore, the porcupine feasts on the cambium of this tree.

Native Americans exploited jack pine in different ways. They used its resin to waterproof canoes and to seal the seams of the roofs of their traditional dwellings, the wigwams..

The sturdy roots were used to sew canoes. In case of deep wounds, the inside of the bark was applied as a poultice. Additionally, needle fumigation was used to revive fainting people and to decongest the lungs..


The essential oil presented can be neurotoxic when used internally. It is advisable to avoid it during the first three months of pregnancy. Additionally, long-term pure skin application may result in redness if the product is oxidized.


Essential oils offer numerous benefits for human, animal, insect and plant well-being. It is recommended to refer to specialized aromatherapy books for appropriate and safe use.

We also recommend consult an aromatherapy professional, capable of targeting the biochemical groups and aromatic molecules of essential oils, in order to optimize the effectiveness of treatments.


It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dry place, away from light and air.

The information provided on this website is NOT a medical recommendation for treatment or cure of any medical condition or disease.

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