As Spruce is a cousin of firs, pines and hemlocks, it is also a member of Pinaceae plant family. All the species of Spruce does not serve the therapeutic purposes. Black Spruce is an evergreen coniferous tree which is inherent of Canada, also can be found in some parts of Alaska and North America as well. It grows in wet and swampy regions. The essential oil is extracted from the needle like blue-green leaves by the steam distillation process. It has mild and sweet fragrance. Black Spruce oil not only connects the earth and breathes but also remind and recall the memories which are gone.
Health Benefits of Black Spruce Essential Oil
Black Spruce Essential Oil is used to solve muscular issues. It soothes and relaxes muscles. The other health benefits of Black Spruce Essential Oil are listed and described below:
Some health benefits of Black Spruce Essential Oil
1. Uses in Aromatherapy
Literally, Black Spruce was used by the Lakota Americans in order to heal muscular pain and wounds. Due to its purifying and cleansing properties Black Spruce Essential Oil was an important part of their spiritual rituals. Similarly, Europeans treats stomach infections and gingivitis by the use of Black Spruce. Due to the high content of esters in this oil, it is added to hot baths, saunas and massages for balancing and antispasmodic properties.
2. Emotional healing
This oil has the capability to energize those who are feeling lethargic and melancholic. The fresh and clean fragrance helps to arise the feeling of harmony and goodwill and helps the people to know about their true feelings with the clearance of emotional blocks. It is used during meditation and yoga because of the high composition of monoterpenes in the oil. 10 drops if added to diffuser will make the environment of home relaxing.
3. Endocrine support
The polycyclic terpenoid compounds found in Black Spruce effects on the adrenal glands, the most, than thyroid and pituitary glands which helps to encounter the chronic lethargy during winter months, according to Dr. Schnaubelt. A mixture of few drops of Black Spruce with carrier oil, if massaged on the lower back helps in the adrenal support.
4. Respiratory problems
Expectorant, antitussive and disinfectant are the properties of Black Spruce which supports the respiratory system. Due to the presence of high level of monoterpenes in Black Spruce, it strengthens the body’s defense power. The breathing difficulties and tightness of chest can be relieved by this oil. In order to get relief from the bronchial congestion problem, inhale the vapor by covering head with a towel in hot water by adding 2 drops of Black Spruce oil. For an alternative choice, 5 drops of Black Spruce oil can be added to the washcloth while taking a warm shower by placing it on the chest.
5. Muscular and Rheumatic Pains
Black Spruce helps in the flow of the blood up to the tired muscles and soothes as well as relieves muscular pain. It is used with carrier oil while massaging and often used in liniments and aerosols. If the mixture of 5 drops of Black Spruce and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil is applied twice to the affected area, then it helps to relieve tired muscles and sore joints.
6. Urinary Tract Support
Black Spruce has the ability to keep the genito-urinary system healthy with its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antispasmodic properties. The massage with the mixture of 5 drops of Black Spruce and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, across lower back and abdomen is effective and helpful.
Suggested uses for Black Spruce Essential Oil
- To cure bronchitis or colds: add 1 drop to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and steam for 2 to 5 minutes.
- To cure sore muscles: add 10-12 drops to 1 ounce aloe gel and apply.
- To cure combat a cold: add 8-10 drops to 1 ounce jojoba oil and use as a chest rub before bed.
- To support adrenal glands and combat figure: add 8-10 drops to 1 ounce aloe gel and apply to lower back and abdomen.
- To make healthy air in the home: Add 5-6 drops to an essential oil diffuser.
- To cure Asthma or colds: Diffuse in the home using diffuser.
- To pacify coughs: add 1 to 2 drops to a cotton ball and inhale deeply.
- To encourage self-confidence: put 1 drop on a cotton ball and inhale deeply.
Precaution of Black Spruce Essential Oil
Black Spruce is fragrant powerful oil which is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing but the medical effects are in low concern. Before applying more, a small amount of oil should be tested. A physician must be consulted for usage, if the one is breast feeding or pregnant. As the cats, dogs and other animals are sensitive to the essential oils, a holistic vet can provide an effective advice for safe use.