Contributed by Jeff Dorsett, MSHS and Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS

Alpha-Pinene is the monoterpene that provides pine trees with their distinct scent. But it isn’t just found in the essence of coniferous plants, it is also the primary chemical constituent of RosemaryFrankincenseCypressJuniper Berry, and Helichrysum essential oils, and it is even found in Wild Orange. Recent research suggests that alpha-Pinene may have skin and oral health supporting benefits and may support the proper function of the immune and respiratory systems.

Alpha-Pinene may have some oral health benefits. Experimental research suggests that alpha-Pinene may help to keep the gums, teeth and mouth looking clean and healthy when applied topically to those areas.1,2 To support overall oral health, try adding a drop of Juniper Berry essential oil to your toothpaste every time you brush or make DIY mouthwash by adding a few drops of Frankincense to a glass of water.

Many of the essential oils rich in alpha-Pinene are great for supporting skin health, and the research backs this. Experimental studies suggest that alpha-Pinene may help to keep the skin looking healthy and may help to reduce the appearance of blemishes when applied topically.3-6 Add one or two drops of Cypress to your toner to help improve the appearance of oily skin. Add Frankincense to your daily moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes and to rejuvenate the skin. You could even try applying Helichrysum to the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to promote a glowing, youthful complexion.

Alpha-Pinene has shown the ability to support the proper function of several body systems. Experimental research suggests that alpha-Pinene may support healthy immune function and response when taken internally.7,8 Furthermore, clinical research suggests that alpha-Pinene may help to support healthy lung and respiratory function when taken internally, especially when combined with limonene containing citrus oils or other oils rich 1,8 cineole.9-11 Add a drop or two of Helichrysum or Frankincense essential oil to a glass of water or tea each morning to support the health of your immune system. For daily support of proper respiratory function, start each morning by adding a drop of Wild Orange and Frankincense to a glass of water, tea, or citrus drink.*

One of the most abundant monoterpenes found in essential oils, contemporary research has found that alpha-Pinene does not only offer a pleasant “piney” scent, but also it is responsible for many of the health benefits associated with the use of Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Helichrysum, and several other essential oils.


doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.

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