Black Spruce – Picea mariana – Canada
Country Of Origin: Canada
Extraction: Needles – Steam distilled
Volatility: Top / Middle ?
Colour: Pale yellow
Aroma: sharp, evergreen refreshing camphoraceous with an afterthought of exotic sweetness
Monoterpenes (50-55%) – delta3-carene (16%), a-pinene (up to 16%), camphene (13%), myrcene, paracimene
Monoterpineols (2-3%) – linalool, a-terpineol, nerol
Esters (26 -35%) – bornyl acetate, linyl acetate, terpenyl acetate, neryl acetate
Contraindications, Safety Data
Possible skin irritant to sensitive people. Presence of delta3-carene, can cause oil to become strong skin sensitizer in old or oxidized oil. Do not use this oil internally! External use only. Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Use in small amounts.
If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
A very stimulating and aggressive oil. According to K. Schnaubelt, a blend of black spruce, cedar (atlas) and peppermint applied to the body after shower will mimic the effects of morning coffee for several hours. External application of oil to kidneys may re-energize exhausted adrenals. Strong anti-microbic effects. makes it a strong disinfectant Great room sanitizer and effective to clear the mind and disinfect
Has been referred to as “Canada’s answer to Ti-tree oil”
Black spruce contains significant amounts of esters (up to 35%), unlike most essential oils obtained from coniferous trees such as cedarleaf, pine or fir which typically contain little or none. The presence of this exotic chemical family softens the usual harsh effects of coniferous oils and provides for some rather mysterious reactions such as a hypnotic effect when over used. It is also much more skin friendly although you should always dilute thoroughly before use.
Essential oils are not meant to be a replacement for traditional medical treatment of diseases and conditions. When in doubt, please consult a physician.