Taking time to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature can be incredibly inspiring to the body, mind and soul. An essential oil that links the freshness of an open forest with the human experience, Spruce has a soft green and woody aroma. Its fragrance is sometimes compared to balsamic.
Native to the eastern coast of the United States, Spruce’s needles and twigs are put through a steam distillation process to capture the pale yellow oil. Blending Spruce with other resin based essential oils like Cypress or Myrrh can add more aromatic layers to a woodsy fragrance.
Botanical Name: Picea mariana
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Needles
Note: Middle - Top
Synonym: Black Spruce
Blends Well With: Cypress, and other pines; Myrrh, and other resins
Aroma: Earthy, terpenic, and rounded
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Spruce essential oil is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Spruce essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- There is little we’re able to gather about Idaho Blue Spruce as there is no GC/MS report (a test that reveals what is an oil and whether or not it’s pure, quality oil) available by Young Living. However, based on its description, Edens Garden’s Black Spruce is comparable to Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil. An essential oil that links the freshness of an open forest with the human experience, Spruce has a soft green and woody aroma. Its fragrance is sometimes compared to balsamic and pine. Therapeutically it helps to aid the respiratory system, soothe muscle aches and encourage energy.
- Black Spruce essential oil (Picea mariana) has been used throughout history for its many healing attributes. Diffused, it assists with respiratory issues, cold & flu symptoms, allergies and congestion. Inhaled before bed, Spruce is also a helpful sleep aid. Diluted and applied topically, it alleviates pain and muscle soreness. Its earthy, pine-like aroma also makes it a worthy addition to DIYs.
- Black Spruce and Hemlock (also known as Hemlock Spruce) refer to two different oils that share various similarities. Hemlock (Pinus canadensis) is steam distilled from the needles and twigs of the Hemlock tree. Aromatically, its similar to Spruce in that its earthy, fresh, clean and crisp. Therapeutically, both Spruce and Hemlock offer respiratory support and soothe pain and inflammation. Because of their many similarities, Black Spruce and Hemlock can both be used interchangeably.
- Due to its clean, crisp aroma and antimicrobial properties, Spruce makes an excellent addition to household cleaning. To create an all-purpose cleaning spray, combine 80 drops Spruce and 1 oz 190-proof grain alcohol in a 4 oz glass spray bottle. Let sit for a few hours, then add 3 oz distilled water. Spray onto surfaces, linens, in the air and around high-traffic areas to refresh your space. To deodorize and refresh the air, you can also add 10 drops Spruce per 100 ml of water in an essential oil diffuser.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
FRAGRANT SACHET: Fill an empty sachet bag with dried flowers, herbs, or cotton balls. Add 6-10 drops of Spruce to the sachet filling; close and place the sachet in drawers, or hang in your closet.
CLEANING SPRAY: To an 8 ounce spray bottle add: 20 drops of Spruce, 40 drops of Lemon and 30 drops of Tea Tree, then fill with 2 oz grain alcohol and 6 oz distilled water. Shake well before each use.
UPLIFT: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Spruce, 5 drops of Fir and 5 drops of Lemon. Or add 5-6 drops Spruce to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
MUSCLE MASSAGE: Add to a 4 ounce squeeze bottle: 8 drops of Spruce, 2 drops of Birch, 10 drops of Helichrysum, 5 drops of Peppermint and 15 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake well to mix. Apply to overworked muscles and massage. (2.7% dilution)
BATH SALTS: Combine: 4 drops of Spruce, 1 drop of Spearmint and 2 drops of Pine with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Add to full bath and rejuvenate for 15-30 minutes.
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