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Black Spruce (Picea mariana) Hydrosol

Product Description

Black Spruce (Picea mariana) Hydrosol
  • Québec vrai
  • USDA Organic
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Plant description

Latin Name : Picea mariana
English Name : Black spruce
French Name : Épinette noire
Family : Pinaceae
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

 Black spruce can reach 8 to 20 meters in height and presents a conical shape, usually straight and sharp. It likes granitic, sandy or peaty and humid soils. It is found in numerous regions of Quebec. Black spruce forms dense clusters, stopping sunlight from reaching the ground, therefore creating thick moss layers over a humid, dark and deep soil. This tree is largely used to produce paper pulp because its fibre is relatively soft and because it is subject to twisting. Besides, black spruce is traditionally used to prepare spruce beer beverage, dating from the French colonies.

Native people have been using black spruce as a medicinal aid for numerous pathologies. As an example, Cree people use it as an antidiarrheal (preparing a decoction from the cones). They also prepare a balm with the resin to treat severe burns and chew the cones to relieve toothache. As to the Montagnais, they use it to prepare an infusion against sore throat.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Extraction : Steam distillation
pH : 4,2-4,4
Aroma and taste : The head note is air in a winter forest: cool, dry, and redolent with complex evergreen odors and frost. This is quickly taken over by a wet, slightly musty resin aroma both akin to and quite different from the remarkable odor of the oil or tree. The taste, like that of all conifer waters, has a dry, sawdust edge to it, like chewing on a branch or twig, although it is not unpleasant. It also has the distinctly minty resin taste unique to the boreal conifer of the spruce, pine, and fir families.
Stability and Shelf Life : Very stable. Easily lasts two years, although after that point some particulate matter or a faint gray color may develop. Tests have shown this is not necessarily related to any contamination and is just a phenomenon related to the tree waters.

 

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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
  • La Flore Laurentienne
  • Native American Ethnobotany
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