Black Spruce

Latin Name

Picea mariana

Family

Abietaceae or Pinaceae

Chemotype

Bornyl Acetate

Distilled Component

Needles and branches

Traditionally Known Properties

Antibacterial. Anti-inflammatory. Mimics hormones and cortisone; general tonic (sudden bouts of fatigue). Fungicide. Parasiticide. Cough supressant, expectorant. Antispasmodic.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Not recommended for children under the age of 6. Potential skin irritant if not diluted.

Anecdote

The black spruce regenerates the very first years after a forest fire. When exposed to the heat of the fire, the cones open and the seeds are scattered. Once on the ground, the seeds keep their viability only if they germinate quickly. The powerful yet gentle evergreen scent of Picea mariana (black spruce) essential oil brings well-being as soon as the bottle approaches the nostrils.