Black spruce essential oil (Picea mariana) is one of my favorite essential oils for the holidays. It has a smell that reminds me of Christmas trees. I find it emotionally soothing with an opening quality that helps me breathe deeply.
Black spruce, similar to many conifer trees, is distilled from the needles of the tree. Black spruce essential oil is made up of 3 main components: Bornyl acetate, alpha-pinene and camphene. Bornyl acetate makes up about 30% of the essential oil. Camphene and alpha-pinene each make up about 15% of the essential oil. Therapeutically bornyl acetate is anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and a central nervous system sedative. Camphene helps break up mucous and is an antioxidant. Alpha-pinene is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory too.
Top Health Benefits of Black Spruce Essential Oil
- Good for bronchitis
- Good for inflammation and pain
- Stress Reliever
- Good for colds
- Helps break up mucous
- Good adrenal gland supporter
Suggested uses for Black Spruce Essential Oil
- Add 1 drop to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and steam for 2 to 5 minutes for bronchitis or colds.
- Add 10-12 drops to 1 ounce aloe gel and apply to sore muscles.
- Add 8-10 drops to 1 ounce jojoba oil and use as a chest rub before bed to combat a cold.
- Add 8-10 drops to 1 ounce aloe gel and apply to lower back and abdomen to support the adrenal glands and combat fatigue.
- Add 5-6 drops to an essential oil diffuser to support healthy air in the home.
How would you use Black Spruce essential oil? What conifer essential oils do you like?