Black Spruce Essential Oil - Organic
Botanical binomial: Picea mariana
Other names: Bog Spruce, Eastern Spruce, Shortleaf Black Spruce, Swamp Spruce
Country of Origin: Canada
Part of plant used in production: needles and twigs
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: Black Spruce is one of Canada's most abundant evergreen trees. It grows in forests all over the country on humid soil with either granite, sand or peat present. The trees can slowly grow up to 10m high, their dense clusters creating cool shade which is an ideal environment for moss and creatures of the forest.
Characteristics: A colourless, transparent oil with a soft, sweet smell.
Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, neurotonic
Constituents: bornyl acetate, camphene, pinene, 3-carene
Uses: Black spruce can be a very positive energy booster when applied on the adrenal glands. It is also used for treating postmenopausal disorders, hyperthyroidism, immunodeficiency, acne and dry skin irritations and for curing bronchitis.
Blends well with: Citrus, ginger, scotch pine
Interesting Facts: Black spruce is used to prepare spruce beer, traditionally made by the French colonists. It has been used for centuries by the Native peoples to cure diarrhea, relieve sore throats and tooth aches and to treat burns and infections. Today, it is largely used in the paper industry due to its soft and twistable fibers.
Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritant.