I love the smell of most of all the Christmas tree oils but I have to say that Spruce is a bit sweeter smelling that the rest. When you diffuse Spruce oil it will offer you relaxation and protection as well.
The Black Spruce, talked about here, is native to North America but probably came about due to natural hybridization of a closely related spruce, the Red Spruce.
The Native Americans used Spruce for medicinal, spiritual and practical reasons. They used it for protection and capturing the universal energy here on earth the earth plane.
Spruce Essential Oil has been used traditionally for infections and for supporting the immune system. It also very good for arthritis, rheumatic, sciatica and lower back pain.
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Please read below for more information on Spruce Oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
What is the Genus Species? Picea mariana
Why is this information important? There are over 40 species of Spruce some of which are not for medicinal use.
Additionally, there are several parts of the tree that can be used as well. Therefore, it is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.
Remember, many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species that may not offer the therapeutic benefit you are looking for. Even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same.
Too many companies label essential oils generically which means none of us know what they are really putting in the oils they sell to us!
Where is the name derived from? The name Spruce comes from an Old French word "Pruce" meaning "Prussia". It is thought that the word Spruce meant commodities that came from hanseatic merchants to England. It is also meant to freshen or tidy up!
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Branches, needles and twigs.
What is the ORAC Value? Either it hasn’t been tested or it’s too low to report! Anyway, I couldn’t find this information anywhere so if you do, please let me know!
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Lakota Indians used spruce to connect with the Great Spirit during spiritual ceremonies and rituals?
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiparasitic, antiseptic, cortisone like, hormone like, disinfectant, tonic and immune stimulant.
What are the Documented Benefits and Uses of Spruce? Arthritis and rheumatism, infections (respiratory and sinus), fungal infections (Candida), prostatitis, hyperthyroidism, immune depression, lumbago (back pain), sciatica and bone pain, stimulate thymus and adrenal glands.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is physically grounding and relaxing. Has a sweet and earthy scent that is fresh and fruity.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Spruce essential oil will ground and balance the body and release emotional blocks. The Native Americans used Spruce for its purifying and cleansing effect. It is also said to release blocks to prosperity and wealth.
By the way, any of the oils that are from trees (Western Red Cedar, Palo Santo, Cedarwood, Frankincense, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.
What Chakra is Affected? The heart, solar plexus and sacral chakras.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange, yellow and green.
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, but once again, dilute! Do not use for cats unless it is therapeutic grade!!!! Please!!!
Although I know that spruce essential oil is very good for arthritis, I usually don’t use it as a single oil around the animals. However, it is in many of the professionally made blends that I use because it assists in removing emotional blocks. This includes Grounding, Present Time, Trauma Life and Valor essential oils.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used if you want healing results!
Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Spruce Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities.
Repeated use could result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended).
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that animals will lie down under the spruce tree for protection and rejuvenation?
Did you know that black spruce is mainly used for pulp? Lumber is its second use because of the relatively small size of the trees!
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Add spruce, eucalyptus radiata, wintergreen, Ravensara and frankincense to a hot bath with epsom salts for flu!
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