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.
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.
Black Spruce essential oil is fabulous for your natural medicine cabinet because of it’s many therapeutic properties. It’s analgesic nature lends itself for use in wound salves to ease pain as well as clean out any bacteria that may have crept in. Massaging the muscles after strenuous work or jarring mishap (such as a vehicle accident) with diluted Black Spruce helps ease tense, spasming muscles as well as lessen the pain caused by such stress. Because it is an antispasmodic, inhaling diffused Black Spruce can sooth tight airways due to Bronchial infection and other respiratory issues including cold & flu, sinus congestion, and even pneumonia.
May cause irritation on highly sensitive skins. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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