Northern Lights Black Spruce Oil
What is the Genus Species? Picea mariana
Why is this information important? There are over 40 species of Spruce some of which are not for medicinal use.
Additionally, there are several parts of the tree that can be used as well. Therefore, it is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.
Remember, many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species. Even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same.
Too many companies label essential oils generically which means none of us know what they are really putting in the oils they sell to us!
Where is the name derived from? The name Spruce comes from an Old French word “Pruce” meaning “Prussia”. It is thought that the word Spruce meant commodities that came from hanseatic merchants to England. It is also meant to freshen or tidy up!
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Branches, needles and twigs.
What is the ORAC Value? Not known
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Lakota Indians used spruce to connect with the Great Spirit during spiritual ceremonies and rituals?
What are the Plant Properties? Calming and grounding.
What are the Documented Benefits and Uses of Spruce? Supporting healthy skin*, maintain the appearance of healthy-looking skin and dry skin. Tension relieving massage. Meditation and Yoga
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is physically grounding and relaxing. Has a sweet smell that is comforting
How do I use it?
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, wonderful grounding oil.
In the Northern Lights Kit 1st Distillation Edition (which is in limited supply), there is an essential oil water that is exceptional soft and accepting for pets.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used if you want results!
Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Spruce Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities.
Repeated use could result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended).
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that animals will lie down under the spruce tree for protection and rejuvenation?
Did you know that black spruce is mainly used for pulp? Lumber is its second use because of the relatively small size of the trees!
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