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Black Spruce

Black Spruce is a mighty tree, growing in high latitude environments reaching up to the Arctic Circle where for up to 8 months of the year the temperatures are freezing. doTERRA’s Black Spruce exclusively comes from Canada’s Boreal Forests where they grow in some of the most adverse conditions in the world demonstrating their great strength and resilience!

The aroma of this conifer tree can be described as warm, mild, balsamic, and slightly sweet pine-like and is quite uplifting.

As an essential oil, this can be used aromatically and topically and may help to:

Aromatically: 3 – 4 drops in a diffuser for a relaxing, centering aroma throughout the day, and promote feelings of clear and easy breathing

Topical: Use in a massage after strenuous exercise, or when the body needs topical support, can bring soothing relief to the skin and minor irritations.

  • for massage, mix 5 drops with 10 ml carrier oil
  • for bath, mix 5 drops with 5 ml carrier oil
  • for perfume, mix 1 drop to 10 drops of carrier oil

Take a few moments to meditate and be still with Black Spruce. Add a drop to a tissue, or one drop to your hands and rub together and inhale deeply for a minimum of 30 seconds. With your eyes closed, where does it take you to in your mind? How does your body feel? What feelings come up to greet you? Give yourself 5-10 minutes, and I bet you’ll be feeling different.

I enjoy inhaling this aroma with my right hand over my heart, I close my eyes and in a heartbeat, I’m on the edge of a mountain forest, observing the beauty that surrounds me. I’m breathing deeply, inhaling the healing air that’s pure and unpolluted, the freshness is invigorating, and it makes me feel alive and tuned in to nature.

A few minutes in this Black Spruce place definitely uplifts me and I’m feeling present, de-stressed, and inspired once again! Give it a go, and let me know what you experience.

My favourite brand, doTERRA is the world’s largest essential oil company that invest in ongoing scientific research and discovers more and more about wonderful essential oils. For me, they are just the best.

If you want to purchase some Black Spruce from me, please get in touch or you can visit my webshop here.


Extraction method Black Spruce is steam-distilled from the needles and branches of the picea mariana tree
Place of origin Resilient and strong, the black spruce tree dominates much of Alaska and Canada because of its tolerance to nutrient-poor soils – sourced exclusively from Canada
Aroma Woody, powerful with sweet floral undertone
Properties antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, antioxidant, antiproliferative, comforting, disinfectant, expectorant, soothing, surface-cleansing
Body systems skin
Blends with Arborvitae, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Wild Orange (is in doTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend & Forgive)
Practical use
  • After strenuous activity mix 1 or 2 drops with a carrier oil and massage into the skin
  • Apply to minor skin irritations
  • Add to moisturiser to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and promote healthy-looking skin
  • Apply to the back of the neck throughout the day to promote feelings of harmony and peace
  • Inhale throughout the day to experience the refreshing aroma and to promote feelings of easy breathing
  • Use in morning meditation (a few drops in the palm of your hands & rub together) to calm and relax, helping to bring a sense of composure and awareness to start the day
  • When working through difficult circumstances, diffuse Black Spruce to help reduce feelings of stress
Historical use
  • Native Americans used to promote skin health, part of spiritual healing practices, making baskets from and collected the leaves and twigs of black spruce from different Canadian regions, boiled the spiked leaves and twigs to prepare a decoction for medicinal purposes
  • while the wood of the plant was used for making canoe paddle, its seeds can be consumed raw during emergencies (its young shoot tips are a rich source of vitamin C, used as a herbal tea)
  • 19th century, gum pickers used to gather its resin by using poles with chisels fitted into them
  • twigs of both black and red spruce used in preparation of beer – twigs boiled with sugar & molasses, fermented to gain good quality spruce beer (believed to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals)
  • used for Christmas trees and to derive fuel
Emotional use The Oil of Stability & Overcoming

  • negative: unstable, defeated, negative family patterns, disconnected, family discord, indecisiveness, stuck, paralysed by fearful past, unforgiving, limited thinking
  • positive: grounded, firm, resilient, free, balanced, reliable, stable, self-confidence, resolved, courage, victor, empowered, power
Chakras

Base – grounding & connecting with our family roots

Heart – healing & opening

Interesting fact With doTERRA’s production of Black Spruce essential oil, the needles and branches of the tree are gathered, steam-distilled and a local power plant then burns the remnants from the distillation process which creates energy and additional steam used to facilitate the extraction of more Black Spruce essential oil – this close-looped system supports maximum sustainability, benefitting environment, local businesses, good job all around!
Safety data Possible skin sensitivity 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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