Spruce

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Tsuga canadensis & Picea mariana

PRODUCT CODE: BES0130 & BES0131

INGREDIENT IN (NATURES ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS):BREATHE, PROMISE, GIFT, BEARY LOVE, TOUCHE, BENEATH, SAVVY, VISIONS, TIME OUT, FINESSE, BREAK FREE, NEUTRALITY, DIVINITY, AFLOAT, BEGINNINGS, CIRCULATE, SANCTORUM, INHALE, CONFIDENCE, UNANIMITY, PERSEPTIONE, OPTIMISM, PRUDENCE

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cortisone-like

AFFINITY FOR: bones, joints, muscles, endocrine system, particularly thyroid, thymus, and adrenal glands, solar plexus chakra, brow chakra, heart meridian, governing vessel meridian, liver meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: needles, leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Spruce can be applied, diluted, to the feet or any other area of the body. Spruce is very pleasant in the bath or sauna. It is frequently used as an ingredient in room sprays, soaps, and detergents.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of Canadian spruce is calming to the nervous system. It encourages communication, both the speaking and listening aspects.

EMOTIONAL – SPIRITUAL – MENTAL ASPECTS: Spruce (and other conifers) create the symbolic effect of an umbrella which protects the earth and brings energy in from the universe. At night the animals of the forest lie down under a conifer tree for the protection and rejuvenation that the tree will provide for them. Spruce grounds the solar plexus and stimulates the thymus, creating the emotional balance necessary to be gracious at both giving and receiving. Spruce can help us push through emotional blocks to further healing.

PHYSICAL ASPECT: The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of spruce make it beneficial for bone pain, aching joints, arthritis, and sciatica. Spruce should be massaged wherever sore muscles need relaxing and re-energizing. Spruce is an excellent oil for the respiratory and endocrine systems. Spruce is a general gland and organ tonic, but it has an intrinsic affinity for balancing the thyroid function and stimulating the thymus gland.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The aroma of Canadian spruce is that of a forest of conifer trees, but with a strong balsamy vanilla undertone, which is very comforting to the emotions. Tsuga canadensis is Canadian spruce, not the species called black spruce, which is Picea marianna. Tsuga canadensis seems to be consistently sweeter, more mellow, and with more of the balsam and vanilla notes that I love than Picea marianna. Canadian spruce adds a rich depth to blends that is not usually accomplished with any other variety of spruce.

Picea mariana is commonly known as Canadian Black Spruce; Tsuga canadensis is commonly referred to as Candadian Hemlock. Both species have several other names by which they are known. The constituents list of these two essential oils is very similar. Descriptions of their aromas differ quite a bit with some people claiming that one or the other is “milder’, or “more mellow” or “more intense” with “spicy overtones.” My experience is that the biggest variation in the aroma of these two oils comes from the conditions of a particular year’s growing season more than from a difference in the medicinal properties of each species. Variations in aroma, sometimes quite dramatic, occur from year to year with every essential. It is part of life with living things of any kind.

Disclaimer
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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