Spruce (Tsuga canadensis) wild harvest from Canada
Spruce is an oil which is often overlooked in favor of Pine or Fir. Indeed, it does many of the same things as these other essential oils. However, Spruce has an added effect which many of its cousins do not. It is a nervine; aiding in dealing with stress and anxiety. It can help a sick person be less agitated about the condition of being ill. Often, some emotional relief will stimulate a quicker recovery.
Essential oil of Spruce contains pinene, limonene, bornyl acetate, and tricyclene, among other chemicals. It stimulates circulation and eases pain. It would be an excellent addition to a sports massage oil. Spruce is also anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It can help stop muscle spasms and bring relief to sufferers of arthritis and rheumatism. It is also one of the few substances which is said to help with bone pain and sciatica.
During cold and flu season, Spruce is a very useful oil to have around the house. It can be diffused into the air for its anti-infectious and immune stimulating properties. It can also be rubbed onto the chest or added to a bath to help break up phlegm in attacks of asthma or bronchitis. A bath with a few drops of Spruce can also help with urinary tract infections.
The emotional effects of Spruce have been used to help terminally ill people accept and prepare for death. It is warming and grounding in nature. Its unique effect on the spirit seems to enhance strength and determination. It imparts a sense of vital, spiritual energy which can aid basic motivation and healing.
Here at Kamala’s Own, you can find Spruce as part of our Odin and Dawn blends. You will also find it in our Kabbalistic blend for Malkhut: the idea of responsibility and the kingdom within.
Always dilute your essential oils in an unscented carrier oil like Sesame or Jojoba. Do not take essential oils internally. Always store essential oils out of heat and sunlight. Keep essential oils away from children and pregnant women.
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