Product Spotlight: Black Spruce


BLACK SPRUCE DESCRIPTION

Resilient and strong, the black spruce tree dominates much of the Alaskan and northeast Canadian landscape because of its particularly heartiness and tolerance to nutrient-poor soils. Commercially, the black spruce trunk is generally considered too small for use in timber, but is often used as pulp to produce paper or chopsticks. Arguably the most important feature of the black spruce, however, is the volatile aromatic compounds that are produced from its needles. 

 

Black Spruce essential oil has a diverse chemical composition, made up primarily of the monoterpenes bornyl acetate, alpha-pinene, camphene, and delta-3-carene. This distinct combination of aromatic compounds results in an essential oil with amazing aromatic and topical benefits. 

 

BLACK SPRUCE USES AND BENEFITS

How Can I Use Black Spruce Aromatically? 

The first thing you notice when opening the cap of Black Spruce essential oil is the crisp, woody aroma. Due to its rich concentration of bornyl acetate and alpha-pinene, Black Spruce has a potent grounding aroma that is the perfect complement to any environment or situation. Here are a few ways you can use Black Spruce aromatically: 

  • Diffuse 3-4 drops for a relaxing, centering aroma throughout the day. 
  • Combine with Fractionated Coconut Oil and use as part of a soothing, invigorating massage.
  • Put a few drops in your palms, rub together, and inhale before a yoga session for a grounding, clarifying aroma. 

How Can I Use Black Spruce Topically? 

Used topically, Black Spruce is known for its surface cleansing properties that provide a number of possible uses around the home and in your daily self-care regimen. Here are a few ways you can use Black Spruce essential oil topically: 

FUN FACT

Black Spruce essential oil is sourced exclusively from Canada and is steam-distilled through inventively ingenious environmentally responsible and sustainable practices. Its story proves that one person’s waste really can be another’s treasure. Click here to learn more about the incredible Black Spruce sourcing story. 

 

PLANT DESCRIPTION 

Black spruce’s bark is dark grey, thin, and scaly; the needles are blue-green and short. The trees are tall and thin, typically growing around 15 meters tall with a trunk approximately 50 centimeters in diameter, however some are as tall as 30 meters with trunks that measure 60 centimeters in diameter. The frigid conditions and varied topography of the boreal forest allow these majestic trees to thrive from one generation to the next.

 

OILS THAT BLEND WELL WITH BLACK SPRUCE

The aroma of Black Spruce pairs well with citrus oils such as Grapefruit, Bergamot, and Wild Orange, as well as other earthy aromas such as Tea Tree, Cedarwood, or Arborvitae.  

 

CAUTIONS  

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. 


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