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Black Spruce Essential Oil Spotlight

Black Spruce (Picea mariana) 

Think of a conifer tree standing tall.

It reaches up into the sky, but stays firmly grounded by also reaching deep into the earth. It’s stable and elevated at once, and the air flows easily around it.

This is the way Black Spruce essential oil can support us.

It opens up the breath, while helping us feel grounded in our bodies and uplifted in our minds.

In Black Spruce's Essential Oil Spotlight, I'll share how you can use Black Spruce to . . .

  • Relieve allergy symptoms
  • Massage sore muscles and calm cramps
  • Clear up a cold (or the flu!)
  • Soothe back pain
  • Make all-natural body wash
  • ...And more!

Black Spruce is like a friend who cheers you up after a long day—when you feel tired and all you want to do is lay down, but then you spend time with your friend and are filled with a fresh flow of relief and happy energy. Soon you can’t remember being tired at all!

Use Black Spruce for Allergy Relief (. . . and Finally Get Some Sleep!)

Black Spruce essential oil can be very helpful for allergy symptoms that keep us from resting at night.

Here’s a blend you can make in all-natural aloe vera gel. There’s a version for kids over five years old (with less essential oil) and one for adults.

Kids' Nighttime Allergy Relief

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 2 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Grown-Up Nighttime Aloe Allergy Relief

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 5 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Combine all the ingredients in a 1 oz (30 ml) flip-top bottle. Then apply the blend to the back of your neck, your upper back, and chest before bed.

Aloe vera gel is a water-based ingredient and there are no preservatives in this blend, so I suggest making a fresh bottle every few weeks.

To make an energizing version of this blend for the daytime, try Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Lemon (Citrus limon), and Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica).

A Quick Safety Note 
Be sure to have people with asthma smell this blend before using it.
If it makes their chest feel a little tight, try a different remedy.

Black Spruce Massage Oil for Sore Muscles

When you're massaging someone who is tired and sore all over (maybe they’ve hiked a little too far, or have achy muscles due to the flu), it's so wonderful to use essential oils that ease pain and offer a gentle infusion of energy.

Black Spruce essential oil fits the bill!

It helps stuck energy flow more freely. That means that physically, it can help relieve tight, constricted areas of pain. Emotionally, it chases away fatigue to make room for more energy!

This blend combines Black Spruce with other oils that relieve pain, while soothing and energizing the heart. Make it in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

Tired & Achy Massage Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Trauma Oil (Trauma Oil is a skin nourishing, pain reducing oil made by infusing three herbs (arnica, calendula, and St. John’s wort) in a base of carrier oil—usually that’s olive oil.)
  • 8 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
  • 2 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)

This blend works well as an all-over massage oil, but you can also concentrate your attention on specific areas.

The other three oils in the blend support Black Spruce’s effects. Peppermint and Lemon add a wonderful cooling action, and the Lavender soothes pain and helps muscles relax.

Black Spruce Essential Oil to Calm a Cold or the Flu

When we’re trying to recover from a cold or the flu (or any respiratory issue), what are we actually trying to do?

We’re trying to:

  • Break up and expel mucus.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Open up our sinuses.
  • Fight viruses or bacteria (or both!).
  • Boost immunity.
  • Relax tension in our muscles.
  • Ease aches and pains throughout the body.
  • Increase energy (but at the same time support healthy rest).

There are some amazing essential oil components that can do all of this! I’d like to tell you about two:

Bornyl acetate — Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative

1,8 cineole — Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, mucolytic (breaks up mucus),
antispasmodic, and airborne antimicrobial

Black Spruce is one of a handful of essential oils that contains bornyl acetate, and a healthy dose of 1,8 cineole is found in Ravintsara. The 1,8 cineole in Ravintsara is even an airborne antimicrobial, so it can help destroy airborne germs before you ever breathe them in.

What would be a good way to make use of these oils and their components? Breathing them in as much as possible! I like to use Aromatherapy inhalers, because I can take them with me everywhere

Here’s a great inhaler recipe with Black Spruce essential oil!

Fresh Forest Inhaler

  • 8 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 7 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)

Making an Aromatherapy inhaler is simple! An inhaler looks like a little lip balm tube. It’s plastic with a cotton insert. The cotton is what holds the essential oils. To make the inhaler, all you have to do is drop the essential oils onto the cotton (I sometimes like to put the cotton in a little bowl first, so I don’t spill any essential oil), then put the cotton into the plastic inhaler sleeve, snap the bottom closed, and you’re done!

You can find disposable inhalers at Aromatics International. (www.aromatics.com)

Use Black Spruce for Back Pain!

I have a lot of favorite essential oils that I turn to in the winter. I especially loved them when I lived in Ithaca, NY, and the weather would get so cold!

Black Spruce essential oil is one of these cold-weather favorites.

It has the ability to restore and revitalize your spirit.

Here’s a blend you can rub on your lower back several times a day. It helps support your adrenals so you have more energy to get up, go to work, and deal with your daily tasks on top of cold weather.

“Get Your Groove Back” Back Blend

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 10 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 3 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)

Make your back blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle, and use it when you wake up, in the middle of your day, and as evening sets in.

It won’t be long till you’re back in the groove of feeling like yourself!

Black Spruce Body Wash

Making a body wash is also a great way to get the respiratory benefits of Black Spruce, as you breathe it in with the steam in the shower. It helps open up your lungs and reduce any mucus or congestion. And its fresh, foresty scent is so refreshing!

Black Spruce Body Wash

  • ½ oz (14 g) castile soap
  • ½ oz (14 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 6 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

This blend works well in a 1 oz (30 ml) plastic flip-top bottle, so it’s safe to use in the shower. I recommend making it fresh every week, as it’s not made with preservatives.

This shower gel has wonderful emotional and mental benefits, too. Black Spruce helps you feel grounded and centeredvery down to earth—while also imparting a sense of optimism, possibility, and peace. This is a great way to start the day!

Black Spruce wants to build you a tree house.

It's true that Black Spruce can help you feel supported. What better way to do that than spending time in the trees? In a tree house, you can feel like a kid again. No need for worries or overthinking, and you can let go of anything "holding you down." It's a little refuge all your own!

If you're not a tree house person, that's okay. Black Spruce just wants to be sure you have somewhere to feel natural, supported, and healthy. These recipes can help you do that wherever you use them . . . no tree climbing required!

To learn more about other essential oils, visit our Essential Oil Spotlights page.


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