Black Spruce - Picea Mariana
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Description: Part of the Pinaceae plant family, Black Spruce (picea mariana) is a slow-growing evergreen conifer tree with blue-green needles. It can grow upwards of 60 feet, and has small purplish seed cones. The twigs and needles are steam distilled for their therapeutic essential oil. The oil is a clear to pale yellow liquid with a fresh, sweet, woody aroma.
Historical Uses: This beautiful spruce tree is native to Canada. In the early 1800s, the edible gum exuded from the black spruce branches was used as the original American chewing gum. Not only was it used recreationally, but also to help heal wounds. During the winter months, when fruit was scarce, the needles were often used to make spruce beer (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties) to help with scurvy.
Properties: Analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, diuretic, warming.
Black Spruce Essential Oil Application
- Can be used aromatically
- Can be used topically
Blends Well With: Wild Orange, Birch, Roman Chamomile, White Fir, Frankincense, Lavender.
Black Spruce Essential Oil for Muscular and Rheumatic Pains
-As an analgesic and rubefacient, Black Spruce supports blood flow to tired muscles and soothes muscular pain. It is often used in liniments, aerosols or with carrier oils in massage.
-For tired muscles and sore joints, combine 5 drops of Black Spruce with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Massage the affected area twice a day.