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Spotlight Oil – Black Spruce

I have decided to start a new segment to the blog. I’m going to put focus on one specific oil. The entire blog post will be about that oil, it’s components, it’s uses, etc. The plan is to do it minimum of once a month, my goal is for the spotlight oil post to be done weekly, but you know how life goes!

So, the very first one is going to be on Black Spruce. This may not be a well known oil but it’s a Conifer and with it being February and cold and flu season, I wanted to put some light on it.

Black Spruce, Picea mariana. This oil is steam distilled from the branches, twigs and needles. It’s in the Conifer family. Black Spruce’s chemical components are dominated by bornyl acetate with significant amounts of α-pinene, and camphene. The main region it comes from is Canada.

Let’s dig into what each of the chemical components bring to the party shall we?

  1. bornyl acetate – analgesic, a sedative and anti-inflammatory

  2. a-pinene – antibacterial, anti-candida, antiviral, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic

  3. camphene – anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive and mucolytic

Let’s talk about some of the best ways to use this oil.

  1. Because of the analgesic quality, it’s good for pain relief. It’s calming and centering energetically which makes it ideal for a massage lotion or oil for pain.

  2. The anti-inflammatory properties also provide relief when dealing with pain and inflammation and  muscle aches.

  3. It’s great for coughs, congestion, infections, spastic coughs and supports wound healing.

  4. There is research that it can support healthy lung function.


  1. Diffuser Blend to support immune system, coughs & is safe for kids:  3 drops Black Spruce, 2 drops Sweet Orange, 1 drop Lavender.

  2. Massage Oil for pain and inflammation: 1 ounce of carrier, 5 drops Black Spruce, 5 drops Helichrysum, 3 drops Sweet Orange, 5 drops Spike Lavender.

  3. Blend for chest congestion: 1 ounce carrier, 7 drops Black Spruce, 4 drops Sweet Orange, 6 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Lavender.

I hope you have enjoyed this look into the world of the conifer oils. They are incredibly powerful and energetically beneficial oils. We will continue to dig into them more as we move forward with our oil spotlights in the future. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Until next time. Much AromaLove.


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