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Black Spruce
Black Spruce
Black Spruce
(Picea mariana)

Plant Origin: Canada
Method: Steam distilled from needles
Cultivation: Wildcrafted
Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes
Aroma: Balsamic, sweet, earthy, piney, woodsy
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle-Top
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# BSP-104
bornyl acetate 28.90%
beta pinene 14.21%
alpha pinene 13.72%
camphene 8.11%
limonene 5.21%
3-carene 3.41%
beta phellandrene 2.11%
Children? Suitable
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Therapeutic Uses
Black Spruce essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Cortisone-like properties 
Endocrine system 
Immune system 
Muscle, sore, spasms  
Respiratory, congestion, mucus 

Aromatherapy Resources
Roberta Wilson wrote in Aromatherapy PA: "As a tonic, Spruce improves many functions of the body. It stimulates and fortifies the immune system. It regulates hormones and tones the endocrine system, which controls all the glands. Its hormone-mimicking action helps reestablish balance, especially in the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive glands. It may help control some cases of hyperthyroidism. Spruce helps to stimulate or regulate the production of adrenaline to help the body deal with stress and “fight-or-flight” situations. External application over the kidneys helps to revive depleted or exhausted adrenal glands."

"Black Sprice is said to be cortisone like and useful in cases of hyperthyroidism" (Price).
Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Black Spruce is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much.Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage. 
Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Black Spruce
Abundant Life
Allergy Relief
Arctic Ice
Manger Gift
Mountain Top
Regeneration for Bones and Joints
Respiratory Relief
White Shield
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 
Price, Len; Price, Shirley (2011-11-11). Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, Kindle Edition. 
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014. 
Wilson, Roberta, Aromatherapy PA, Penguin Group US, 2002.