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Black Spruce (Picea mariana) Essential Oil

Black Spruce (Picea mariana) Essential Oil

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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

Distilled Part : Needles and twigs
Extraction : Steam distillation
Main Components : Bornyl acetate, camphene, a-pinene, d-3-carene
Oil Characteristics : Transparent liquid with a typical coniferous smell recalling spruce beer: soft and slightly sweet.
Properties : Positivating, antispasmodic, anti-infectious, antifungal, antiparasitic, aerial antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, « hormone-like »,  « cortisone-like » (hypophyso-cortico-surrenalian and hypophyso-ovarian axis), general tonic, neurotonic, solar plexus recharging
Indications : Bronchitis+++, mycotic (candida) and parasitic (lamblias, hookworm) enteritis, acne, dry eczema, prostatitis (inflammatory)++, solar plexus spasms, asthenia++++, postprandial drowsiness+++, hyperthyroidism, muscular rheumatisms, immunodeficiency, fibromyalgia+++

Energetic and Emotional Effect

On the subtle level, black spruce essential oil quickly increases the energy level. It is recommended to apply it on adrenal glands (on the first chakra to activate or stimulate creativity) or on the solar plexus to increase power and will. Black spruce oil can also be combined with scotch pine and applied on the first chakra to treat post-menopausal disorders. For an emotional healing, apply ginger, black spruce and balsam poplar oil on the first chakra.

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Safety Data and Contraindications

  • Non toxic and non irritant
  • No contraindication known under normal physiological doses


Main components

Monoterpenes: camphene (10 % à 30 %), alpha-pinene (10 % à 30 %), limonene (3 % à 7 %), myrcene (3 % à 7 %)

Terpene Ester: bornyl acetate (10 % à 30 %)

Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Daniel, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.
  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.