Siberian pine nut oil, also known as pine seed oil or cedar nut oil, derives from the seeds of the Siberian pine tree (Pinus sibirica). Other types of pine nut oil exists, but only the Siberian variety is made from the seeds of the Siberian pine. A pressed vegetable oil, it has been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes for decades, particularly in Russia, where the Siberian pine grows natively. The oil has gained in popularity recently due to its purported health benefits, and its culinary use has waned, except in gourmet dishes.

Culinary Uses of Siberian Pine Nut Oil

Because the oil has a low smoke-point, its use in cooking is minimal. Instead, cooks often used Siberian pine nut oil to "finish" a dish by adding it to the food after it's been cooked. The Siberian variety is especially popular in gourmet cooking for its superior flavor. At the turn of the 20th century in Russia, the oil was frequently used for cooking during Lent, a Western Christian holiday in which the eating of animal fat is forbidden. In addition, Siberian pine nut oil has also been used for preserving bread by adding a small amount to the dough prior to baking.

Medicinal Uses of Siberian Pine Nut Oil

According to a 2006 study performed by Lipid Nutrition, a producer of pine nut oil, it may help suppress the appetite by up to 60 percent for as long as four hours. The overweight, female participants reported significantly less hunger during the four hour period after taking pine nut oil capsules with a meal compared to participants who took olive oil. Anecdotal evidence supports this study, as pine nuts are traditionally eaten in Russia with (or in place of) a meal when there isn't much food. They are believed to give a "full" or satiated feeling.

Other health benefits of Siberian pine nut oil include treating peptic ulcers and gastritis. Studies conducted in Russia and China show that the oil contains abundant free radical scavengers that reduce the damage that causes these painful conditions. Pine nut oil is approved as a remedy for treating gastritis and peptic ulcers in both countries, and consumers in the United States have also begun to take advantage of its healing properties.

Using Siberian Pine Nut Oil

Siberian pine nut oil can be taken in its natural state for treating gastrointestinal problems. Take approximately 1 teaspoon of the oil three times per day, about 30 minutes before meals. Double the dosage if you don't notice results within 2 weeks. Take the oil directly from the bottle, as it has a smooth, nutty taste that isn't unpleasant. If you can't tolerate taking it plain, add the oil to salad dressings, steamed vegetables or fresh bread. To suppress the appetite, take the same dosage with meals to increase the feeling of "fullness" and prevent returning hunger for several hours.