Life in the asphalt jungles - our cities - and the consumption of industrially processed food is accompanied by a detachment from the natural world that we are paying dearly in terms of widespread diseases and neuroses.
Essential oil Japanese pine: to reconnect with nature
Even if statistics say that the average life span has grown, we realize that a prolonged existence pharmacologically is often lacking and mortifies the spirit as well as the body.
In Japan - a country comparable to Italy for population density and high industrialization - the practice of bathing in the woods , elevated to the rank of therapy ( Shinrin-yoku ).
Plunging into the wood ecosystem and permeating it involves the absorption by inhalation of the emitted substances and from plants, and this simple fact induces a sense of well-being that goes beyond the transitory sensation and induces real changes in physiology.
The "tree dives" would therefore have the purpose of recovering a holistic connection with a plant entity that has the power to promote the rebalancing of vital and emotional factors.
Conifers are the great protagonists of this method, given that the essential oils obtained from their needles share a range of precious properties to counteract the harmful effects of a globalized lifestyle .
Among these oils, those extracted from the plants of the Pinaceae family, namely pines and firs, are highly appreciated , used in many traditional cultures for calming and stabilizing effects .
Both genres include mo lte species that, with individual characteristics, still largely to be discovered, are carriers of anti-stress and anxiolytic virtues, raising the immune response, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants.
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Durga has chosen Japanese Pine Essential Oil (scientifically speaking the Japanese "pine" is actually of a fir tree, Abies sachalinensis : the scientific name refers to the island of Sachalin, where it is autochthonous as in the Kuril islands and in the Hokkaidō) as part of one of the products of its line of Essential Oils, paying homage to the contribution offered by Japanese culture for the affirmation of a vision holistic .
This has the great merit of being aware that the roots of the popular ethos sink anus in a natural humus - a substrate connected with the natural specificities of a territory - which needs to be cared for and nourished, and above all with which it is necessary to stay in tune.
This applies both physiologically and spiritually.
Furthermore, feeding one's own humus would not have positive effects only locally but, as we will see, ecological purification initiatives, which plants are able to carry out, and which can act at a planetary level, triggering a process backwards and thus defusing those processes of deterioration in progress active on the entire terrestrial ecosystem, summarized under the now sadly known definition of climate change .
This is not rhetoric, but it is concrete data that, if read with acumen and speculative courage, can indicate the way out of the current impasse, from the vicious circle in which pollution and global warming are eliminating the prospects of survival on earth.
Japanese Pine Essential Oil
Many properties of fir essential oil are also common to pine as these are trees of the same family that contain variable quantities of pinene and other components (bornyl acetate, camphene, limonene, beta-phellandrene ...) which, albeit in variations from species to species and even also in relation to the seasons and local habitats, they give them a common imprinting which is summarized in the following macro potentials which, although described as separate, are actually connected to each other:
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These are properties common to most essential oils, however each plant contributes in its specificity, combining its note with a wider symphony.
Furthermore, keeping germs and bacteria under control through essential oilsiali does not mean destroying them in a radical way, favoring the birth of super-resistant strains, but rather managing them in a balanced way, as has been done in nature for millions of years.
The epidemic phenomenon is probably only a consequence of disturbing intervention of man, of his actions not dictated by a wise instinct, but by a will to dominate the environment. Alpha-pinene is one of the typical substances of the fir and pine species, to which the antibacterial efficacy is due.
This value - due to the presence of monoterpenes - combined with the antibacterial one, it accelerates wound healing. In respiratory affections it is an adjuvant against sore throat and as an expectorant it facilitates the expulsion of mucus.
It can be inhaled or applied to the pectoral area by means of a carrier substance, also in combination with other essential oils. In addition, it relieves muscle and joint pain; in a medicine of the future, fir essential oil could be part of alternative anti-inflammatory formulations to today's synthesis, which carry heavy contraindications.
Monoterpenes (among which pinene, bornilacetate, camphor) present in some aromatic plants tend to inhibit the action of osteoclasts , protecting bones.
Experiments conducted on female mice, to which the ovaries had been removed, showed that the animals were protected from bone thinning thanks to monoterpenes. [Source: Common herbs, essential oils, and monoterpenes potently modulate bone metabolism - PubMed - NCBI]
Fir essential oil also has a restorative action on bone tissues: it increases their density and is useful in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis .
Applied on the affected areas (by means of carrier oil), it accelerates the healing of fractures.
Detoxifying and antioxidants
Fir essential oil is a great body purifier, stimulating diuresis and the elimination of harmful substances. It therefore stimulates the metabolism with a consequent recovery of the immune response.
The detoxifying techniques in fact translate into a greater reactivity of the organism and a slowing down of aging.
All cells of the body thus have the opportunity to make a 'coupon' and - even more wonderful - this occurs as a result of a natural process that reconnects us to the intelligence of the cosmos, without forcing or artifices.
The < strong> antioxidants work as cell scavengers and are valuable and for the prevention, and sometimes also for the treatment of many diseases due to the presence of free radicals that alter the functioning of the body's systems. Certain ocular problems such as age-related macular degeneration can also benefit.
Linked to the cellular cleansing functions performed by many essential oils, cytotoxic properties are also highlighted and anti-mutagen .
Fir essential oil - like other plants of the pinaceae family - also seems to possess these qualities. Waiting for an adequate experimentation to ascertain the most gifted species in this sense (for the moment the indications are in favor of the species Abies balsamea ) should in any case be used alone or in combination with other oils, confident that the maintenance of an efficient cellular metabolism is in itself a preventive strategy for any alterations and degenerations.< h4> Protection of the atmosphere
Last but not least , here is a formidable suprapersonal property - but with enormous positive effects for the community - of Japanese pine essential oil. p>
Research conducted in Japan has shown that the essential oil extracted from its needle-like leaves has a far greater capacity than other essences to remove nitrogen dioxide from the atmosphere.
This substance is a highly polluting agent, responsible for serious cons health equations: binding to pollen exacerbates allergic manifestations with an increase in diseases such as asthma and emphysema.
Nitrogen dioxide is neutralized by substances such as beta-phellandrene and myrcene , constituents of essential oil, which induce coagulation processes in its molecules which become larger and lose their harmful potential.
The process is absolutely natural and does not present any negated relapsesva!
In Japan much reliance is placed on the concentration of Abies sachalinensis in certain areas, such as Hokkaidō , protected as a green lung capable to counteract the effects of pollution.
Increasing coniferous nature reserves would therefore be a valid strategy to protect the terrestrial biosphere and save the planet!