Black spruce essential oil is an oil that has a wide variety of therapeutic uses, but has such a distinctive northern boreal forest aroma that it provides an excellent calming environment in any household. It is an aroma that lingers and is a common scent in many air fresheners, both in home and automobile settings. Black spruce, though, is quite distinct from pine or other commercial scents. Black spruce commonly grows in northern Canada and Alaska.

How is Black Spruce Oil Produced?

Black spruce oil is extracted from the needles of the spruce using steam distillation (see extraction methods on Home page). The oil is a yellow colour and has a stronger, more distinctive smell than blue spruce essential oils. Stem distillation can be done at home, ensuring that your oil is unadulterated.

How is Black Spruce Essential Oil Used?

Black spruce vital oils are used to treat bronchial infection, catarrh, sinus congestion, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, overexercised muscles, stiff joints, muscular strain, tendonitis and cellulite. Like most essential oils, it is most often used in aromatherapy. Black spruce buds, like other spruce buds (and the new shoots of the spruce, in the spring) historically have been used by indigenous people and settlers in teas. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, they are effective winter drinks to ward of colds and flu and provide sustenance for bush survival.

What Are the Toxicities, Contraindications and Cautions Regarding Black Spruce Oils?

Consumption of black spruce essential oil may be fatal if swallowed. This is similar to many essential oils, as they are highly concentrated. Black spruce essential oil should not enter the airways. To treat sore throat or colds, use only needle teas in moderate doses. Oil may cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. Consult a physician immediately if in contact with eyes.

What Are the Medicinal Applications of Black Spruce Oils?

A concoction prepared from black spruce cones is used as an antidiarrheal treatment. In native folk medicine, a resin balm is used to treat burns and cones or needles provide toothache relief when chewed. It is used to relieve muscle aches and pains, Black spruce is antispasmodic, digestive, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, stomachic, expectorant and analgesic.

What Are the Non-Medicinal Applications of Black Spruce Oils?

Aromatherapy applications for black spruce include stimulating metabolism and fight fatigue, as an anti-inflammatory, treatment for acne and psoriasis, as well as to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is anti-bacterial and is used as an aerosol to repel insects.

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