The Many Sides of Spruce


black spruce

Picea mariana

As I gaze at the snow outside my window, I can imagine Spring buds emerging from the Earth. It may be a while before that occurs, so in the meantime I turn to the evergreens. Greenery gives me hope during a cold winter, including that of Colorado’s state tree, the Blue Spruce. Although this variety of Spruce is found near me, the more common essential oil is produced from its Canadian cousin, the Black Spruce.

Picea mariana, or Black Spruce, is a multifaceted oil. Like many of the conifers, it is useful in asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu. This respiratory assistance is beneficial during the winter flu season. Spruce is also great during sunnier times of year. Find a grouping of trees, stand among them and breathe deeply. You can feel your airways open up to receive the tree’s help.

Spruce can also benefit those suffering from fatigue and exhaustion. It strengthens the adrenals but it doesn’t overstimulate them. It can be applied in a morning body lotion, combined with Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) and Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), and used to replace a cup of coffee, without the jitters.

Another aspect of Black Spruce is how it assists those suffering from anxiety, stress, and depression. A case study reported a soon-to-be-married man who suffered from depression and panic attack. He inhaled a blend with evergreen oils, including Picea mariana, when he felt uncertain during his wedding day. The day turned out well, thanks to trees!

Whether you have a cold, or are tired, or feel the blues, remember Black Spruce essential oil. Simply inhaling it from the bottle can revitalize you and help you get through a long, cold winter.

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