The Wilding & Co team is often asked about how to use essential oil. So we thought we’d explain what essential oil and how you can use it.

What is essential oil?
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance and can have other qualities, such as healing or anti-bacterial properties.

Wilding & Co produces the world’s finest Douglas fir essential oil, among other high-quality conifer oils, and is the only known company in the world producing essential oil from wilding pine trees.

How do you use essential oil?
Wilding & Co Douglas fir pine essential oil is an invigorating fragrance to freshen the home.

Personal use*:

  • Drop 4 to 6 drops in a warm running bath.
  • Our pure essential oil can be used as an ingredient in homemade cleaning products too—find out more.

There are many uses for the essential oil in your home—here are a few to get you started.

  • Use an oil burner (either neat or diluted with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil) to refresh any room of the home and disperse pet odours.
  • Use a few drops with your normal liquid laundry detergent for fresh clothes.
  • Mix 10 drops into a cup of warm water and mist over household carpets to freshen.
  • Spray, diluted (25–50:1), oil onto dog bedding as flea treatment (do not use for cats).


December 2014 saw the inaugural launch of the new Wilding Pine soda syrup, made in collaboration by Six Barrel Soda Co and Wilding & Co.
While it may not be the flavour that immediately jumps to mind when one is thinking of a ice-cold summer beverage, the unique flavour sensation was met with shouts of excitement and unabandoned glee by many, and sold out, twice, within days.

Six Barrel Soda Co. grew from a love of classic sodas and soda fountain culture. “We make our sodas and soda syrups in our Wellington kitchen the old fashioned way from real ingredients. The colours & flavours come from the natural ingredients, we’re drink makers, not chemists” says Six Barrel owner and soda enthusiast, Michael Stewart.

The early summer buds gathered by Wilding & Co’s directors, Mike Sly and Mathurin Molgat were hand picked in Queenstown, and then brought to Wellington in a very aromatic suitcase. The skilled craftsmen at Six Barrel Soda Co. soon had the harvest of budding needles macerated, boiled down and bottled, ready to be poured and enjoyed (tall glass, plenty of ice, slice of cucumber if you don’t mind).

Due to the short season of new, sticky pine buds being available, the Wilding Pine soda was a very limited edition and is no longer on sale. However, both businesses are looking forward to collaborating again in December 2015 and producing another run of the quirky drink.