Essential Oil of Spruce (Picea mariana)
Plant description: A conifer with reddish brown trunk with bristly, needle-like blue green leaves. The tree grows to a maximum of 35 feet.
Part of plant used for essential oil: Needles
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: Ester rich, y-Bornyl acetate, beta-pinene, alpha-pinene and camphene.
PRECAUTIONS: None known. Oxidized oil should be avoided and may cause skin irritation. Keep away from children and do not use during pregnancy or while nursing due to hormonal activity.
PROPERTIES: Antibacterial, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant, cephalic, bechic, analgesic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and analgesic
Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Enhances the bodies flexibility and relieves sore muscles and joints
Immune System: Stimulates and fortifies the immune system
Mental/Emotional: Dispels mental fatigue and stress while promoting clarity and openness for the mind. Clears away sluggishness and mental fatigue.
Reproductive: Has hormone and cortisone like properties that stimulate the thymus gland and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Controls hyperthyroidism.
Respiratory system: Supports clear, smooth breathing and eases congestion
Skin care: Soothes skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea dermatitis as well as combats skin breakouts triggered by hormonal imbalance or stress. Combats fungal infections like candida, athlete’s foot and jock itch.
About this essential oil: Native Americans used to concoct their own ointment, salves, and lotion with spruce and honey to treat skin problems such as boils, burns, skin inflammation, sores and wounds. They also chewed the balsam as chewing gum and used as calking or glue. They even ate the inner bark.