Black Spruce Oil
CAD $27.50 – CAD $51.50
Name: Black Spruce Oil
Species: Picea mariana
Method: Steam Distillation
Traditional uses: North American native population used it for healing wounds, expectorant, coughs and colds, muscle pain, arthritis, as well as purifying rituals and treatment of diabetes. It has traditionally been used to treat gingivitis in Europe.
Thought to be: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antidiabetic
A warmer, softer oil than most of the evergreen family, it has a hint of sweetness to it. I personally love to mix it with our Sunshine spice blend for diffusing while working at my computer or driving. It is a refreshing happy mix. Unfortunately there is only a small body of scientific evidence based studies on black spruce of any kind despite traditional uses by the North American native population for a vast collection of uses including diabetes. Since the finding of polyphenols, specifically resveratrol and pycnogenol in spruce bark, this may change. There is a large amount of studies on resveratrol and pycnogenol which could lead to utilizing black spruce as a source of these important polyphenols. There has been some promising research using black spruce as a natural treatment for psoriasis and diabetes as well as eye sight improvement in diabetics. I have included a few research papers on Resveratrol and pycnogenol. I did find a patent application using a blend of black spruce for erectile dysfunction and some testing but I am not advocating this treatment without more documentation and testing.
Cautions: No cautions found. However, you should always patch test before using a new oil
Ways to use:
- Massage oil: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops/ 30ml of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc.
- Diffuser: 5-6 drops in water.
- Baths: add 2-12 drops into tsp of honey or carrier oil. Optionally mix with epsom or Dead Sea salt and add to bath water.
- Lotion or Shampoo: add 15-20 drops /30 mLs of unscented base
- Sauna: add 5-6 drops
Components (<2% each):
- bornyl acetate
Blends well with: Frankincense, firs, grapefruit, citrus, bergamot, eucalyptus and rosemary
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