Black Spruce is part of the pine family. The fresh, woody scent is reminiscent of snow covered forestlands, but with a smoother, sweeter scent that most other evergreen oils. The warm smell of the forest makes it feel like a Christmas oil, but the generous benefits of Black Spruce means this oil is useful right throughout the year.
Distilled from the needles and branches of the Picea Mariana tree, Native Americans have been using Black Spruce for thousands of years in ointments, salves, and lotions to help with the healing of skin issues such as sores, wounds, and boils. They were also known to use the resin as a chewing gum and to lather on their skin to ward off insects.
Nowadays, Black Spruce is predominantly used as a respiratory aid, to soothe skin and muscles, and to assist in managing stress.
Black Spruce affirmation: "I approach life with an open mind."
Related to the root and crown chakra, blending our tribe with our root system and the perceptions of the world due to the society we were born into. Black Spruce helps us safekeep our devotion, even in times of crisis. It helps renew our faith and reminds us to come back to who we truly are. It offers balance, and grounds us toward inner peace and calm. It quiets the mind, making it a great oil to use while meditating, doing yoga, or before a reiki session.
With its refreshing aroma, Black Spruce can help create a relaxing atmosphere and bring calm to an otherwise tumultuous day. It promotes feelings of harmony, so is a lovely oil to use in the home or workplace. Use it in a diffuser to create a calming environment, or rub into your palms during the day to return yourself to a state of balance and calm. Black Spruce supports the adrenal glands, making it the perfect oil to use during adrenal fatigue and to help manage your stress levels.
Black Spruce has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and expectorant properties, ideal when battling respiratory issues like colds, coughs, and flu. It clears the mucus and congestion that makes it difficult to breathe, opens the airways, and promotes easier breathing. It works especially well when inhaled over a bowl of steam, in a diffuser, or as a chest rubs.
With the crispness of Black Spruce, it is a soothing oil to offer muscular relief after hard exercise or anytime you may have pushed your body too far and your muscles are needing some topical support. Use to help treat swelling, strains, and muscular cramps by massaging Black Spruce essential oil into the skin when diluted with a carrier oil. It is also beneficial to help with conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and poor circulation.
Black Spruce’s freshness is soothing for skin conditions and irritations such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, sores, wounds, and acne. Use it in your shower routine or diluted in a skin cream to aid in the healing and treatment.
Wishing you the kind of stress-free day that Black Spruce offers.