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25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 2

Day 2 continues our essential oil journey with Black spruce.

Black spruce essential oil is my go-to for anything respiratory. This essential oil gives you the uplifting feeling of walking in a forest. I make a chest rub stick for the family using this essential oil vs using eucalyptus essential oil. It worked great! I also love making personal inhalers with this essential for on the go! I like to blend this essential oil with citrus oils such as sweet orange or lemon.


Essential Oil Common Name: Black spruce


Latin Name: Picea mariana


Family: Pinaceae


Part of Plant Used: Needles


Extraction Method: Steam Distilled


Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Middle-Top


Safe for Ages: Safe for all ages, but there are some general guidelines when it comes to children and essential oils. Use caution when diffusing around children under 6 months old. Check out my blog post on diffusing here. Use caution when using topically for children under the age of 2. Their skin is a lot more delicate during that age group and a little goes a long way. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline.


Safe for Pregnancy: Yes


Safe for Breastfeeding: Yes


Topical Max: There is no topical max for this essential oil, but always dilute before applying it to the skin


Shelf Life: 4 Years


Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Calming, Decongestant, Disinfectant, Expectorant, Mucolytic


Contraindications: This essential oil has no safety concerns. Avoid if you are allergic to the conifers. If this essential oil is old and oxidized it could be irritating to the skin. To learn about skin patch testing, check that information out here.


Where to purchase: Black spruce here.


Thank you for reading!

Love and Nature,

Nicole


Remember: The contents of this blog post are intended for educational and informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here. Click here to read more about my medical/FDA disclaimers.

 

References:

Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety. (2nd ed.). Churchill Livingstone.


Aromahead Institute. (n.d.). Aromatherapy Certification Program. [Courses]. Aromahead Institute. https://courses.aromahead.com/aromatherapy-certification-program

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