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Colophony Pine

Colophonium tot.

colophony pine resin

Aromatic Note: Middle note


From the Pinus genus, which includes some 120+ species of pine trees, we are given the gift of pine resin (rosin).

The pine tree has been greatly revered throughout history for its strong healing powers.

Colophony pine has been used for incense in religious ceremonies and other cultural events for centuries.

This incense is made from the resin, or sap, from a tree called Pinus colophoniae.

Colophony pine resin is the brittle resin result after the resin is processed to extract the volatile oil of turpentine.

The history of its use for incense dates back to ancient Greece where it was used in temples and shrines.

In ancient cultures, the pine tree is a symbol of fertility and potency.  In Greece, pine trees were symbols of eternal life or immortality.

Celtic and German ancestors believed the pine tree to be a source of protection from negative energies.

According to older herb books, pine strengthens the nerves and gives energy, courage, and emotional strength.

In medieval Europe, incenses made from colophonium were a popular way to purify air that had become polluted by smoke inhalation during fires lit in homes.

Today, many people still use colophonium because they find its scent pleasant and calming when burned as incense.

Colophony is also known as rosin and colophonium; these names are sometimes used interchangeably, but rosin specifically refers to a white or pale yellow pine resin (Pinus strobus) that’s considered inferior in quality.


Family: Pinaceae

Synonyms: rosin

Origin: North and Central America, North Africa, SE Asia.

Parts Used: resin

Aroma Description: pine odor; balsamic, light, slightly woody and spicy, green

Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; used in bath preparations, hair tonics, rubbing oils, etc.

Culinary Uses: used in commercial food flavorings, kernels used in salads, with cooked vegetables, rice, and ground for sauces such as pesto

Medicinal Attributes: used for respiratory and urinary tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism and muscular stiffness. Causes allergic reactions in some individuals.

Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are made from the heartwood and a separate oil from the needles. Each may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.

Mixes Well With: amber, burgundy pitch, cedarwood, elemi, juniper, lavender, oakmoss, pine needles, rhubarb, rosemary, sage-desert, sandarac, thyme, etc.

Medical Disclaimer: Information on this web site is for entertainment purposes only. This information is NOT intended as medical advice, or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem, or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.


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