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"Black spruce essential oil can stir up 'stuck energy'," according to The Heart of Aromatherapy. "This means it's a good oil to reach for when you're feeling sluggish, and want to feel more healthy and vibrant."
The focus of this profile is black spruce (Picea mariana). However, spruce comes in other varieties, including Norway spruce (Picea abies), white spruce (Picea glauca), red spruce (Picea rubens), blue spruce (Picea pungens), and hemlock spruce (Tsuga canadensis).
Plant family: Pinaceae
Production: Steam distilled from twigs and needles of the black spruce tree.
Aroma: Fresh, earthy, woody
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top
Is spruce safe to use during pregnancy? No.
Is black spruce essential oil safe for children? Yes, but do not use on babies under the age of six months.
Cautions: Skin sensitization can occur if the essential oil becomes oxidized.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: The simulating scent is helpful to relieve muscle spasms, adrenal gland insufficiency, and fatigue.
The Heart of Aromatherapy: Black spruce can help support the respiratory system, clear mucous and congestion, calm inflammation, and soothe sore muscles and muscle spasms. The book also offers this caution: If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, smell black spruce from the bottle cap. If you feel any tightness or constriction in your chest, do not use this essential ol.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: Use black spruce in the shower, especially on the lower back, as an adrenal tonic.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use black spruce to help relieve sinus congestion, arthritis, gout, stiff joints, and muscle strain.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guie to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, black spruce promotes power, courage, endurance, motivation, and self-confidence. Physically, the essential oil restores hypotonic/weak conditions and decongests congestive/damp conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the essential function of black spruce is to tonify the Qi and Yang and strengthen the Shen.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Black spruce clears, cleanses, rejuvenates, supports intuition, and encourages new insights. The oil is especially useful to support the sixth chakra and development of intuition.
For chronic menstrual cramps, PMS, and menopausal symptoms, Aromatica suggests blending black spruce with either niaouli essential oil or vetiver essential oil or a combination of clary sage and geranium essential oils.
For sore muscles and stiff joints, make a massage oil with 6 drops black spruce oil in 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) massage oil or lotion.
To make a holiday diffuser blend, use 3 drops black spruce and 3 drops clove essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser.
Make a stock blend in a 5-milliliter bottle:
Ways to use:
Adapted from Aromatic Studies.
For a warm, steamy aromatic mist that's good for dealing with colds, flu, and respiratory issues:
Source: Essential Living
For respiratory conditions, Aromatica suggests blending black spruce with scotch pine essential oil.
Spray the following liberally onto the shower floor and into the corners before turning on the water.
Source: Shanti Dechen CCAP, CAI, LMT. "Autumn is Here: The Metal Element." NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2016.3, p. 19.
Combine the following ingredients.
Add the salts to a bath and soak for 15–30 minutes.
Source: Eden's Garden
Use the following blend as a body oil/lotion after your morning shower:
Blend the ingredients in a dark glass container and store away from heat and moisture.
Source: Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy
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