Black Spruce Essential Oil Recipes, Uses and Benefits Spotlight

Whenever you are feeling down, Black Spruce Essential Oil can help to improve your mood. It has a woodsy, earthy scent that is antidepressant and uplifting. Diffusing this essential oil can help to purify the air and create a calming atmosphere. Adding it to your bathtub can also promote relaxation. To learn more about black spruce oil, keep reading!
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Feeling under the weather? Reach for Black Spruce essential oil to improve your energy, breathing, and immunity! In this spotlight I share black spruce essential oil recipes and details about how to get the most from this vibrant oil. 

Spruce Black is a conifer tree that produces a rich essential oil full of therapeutic properties and benefits. It offers a fresh, coniferous aroma that makes you think you are standing in a forest. It’s forest fresh scent is very soothing, clearing, and uplifting. 

Black Spruce essential oil has huge benefits for the respiratory system. It can be your best friend if you have a cold, flu, cough, allergies, stuffy sinuses, or feel congested. I also love that it helps keep energy high and restores vitality.

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Black Spruce Essential Oil Facts

Black spruce is a conifer essential oil that comes from the needles and twigs/wood of the tree. Conifers thrive even in a very cold climate, and thankfully they can help you to do the same.

Need a Black Spruce Essential Oil Substitution? Try Siberian Fir as they have similar chemistry and therapeutic effects. 

Botanical Name Picea mariana
Botanical Family Pinaceae
Aka Spruce
Note Top-Middle
Aroma Fresh, coniferous, green
Extraction Method Steam Distillation
Plant Part Used Twigs and needles
Shelf Life 3-4 years
Kid Safe? Yes
Safety Concerns Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant


Black Spruce Essential Oil Blends Well With

Black spruce blends well with other conifer essential oils like pine, hemlock, juniper, cedarwood, cypress, firs, etc. There are many more oils that black spruce oil blends well with:

  • Bay Laurel
  • Camphor
  • Chamomile (German)
  • Geranium
  • Lavender (any type)
  • Lemon
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint
  • Ravintsara
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

Therapeutic Uses:

Bronchial infection, catarrh, sinus congestion, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, overexercised muscles, stiff joints, muscular strain, tendonitis, cellulite

Therapeutic Properties:

Anthelmintic, analgesic, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, insect deterrent, pectoral

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Black Spruce Essential Oil Benefits

The revitalizing scent of spruce essential oil has emotionally centering effects. This penetrating oil can help with spastic cough making it a wonderful addition to respiratory blends.

Check out some of the benefits of spruce black essential oil:

  • Eases muscular tension and discomfort
  • Helps fight fatigue and sluggishness
  • Relieves congestion (respiratory tonic)
  • Naturally freshens the air (purifying and cleansing)
  • Eases difficult breathing associated with seasonal allergies
  • Uplifts and balances emotions
  • Relieves joint inflammation and pain
  • Stimulates mental clarity and focus
  • Boosts the immune system during times of seasonal illnesses
  • Promotes openness and awareness for the mind

Black Spruce Essential Oil Uses

You can diffuse this beneficial oil to reduce airborne microbes and leave behind a fresh forest smell in the air, or create natural DIY cleaning recipes that reduce germs (there's a reason that many natural cleaners smell like conifers).

A simple way I enjoy using Black Spruce oil is in the shower. All I do is put 1-2 drops of the essential oil on the shower floor right before stepping in. I like to drop it in an area that is not directly in the water stream.

The aroma of the oil will rise up with the steam from the shower. As you breathe in the steam, you will receive the aromatherapy benefits. It helps open sinuses, boosts energy, and can invigorate your mind and body, plus the whole bathroom will smell fabulous!

When using essential oils topically, it is best practice to dilute them in a carrier oil first before applying to the skin. Jojoba and fractionated coconut oil are popular choices.

Black Spruce Essential Oil Recipes

Looking for some ways to include this woodsy oil into your DIY blends? Here are 6 simple yet effective black spruce essential oil blend recipes.

 1. Black Spruce Roller Blend - Restorative

Refresh and restore using this roller recipe with black spruce and other beneficial oils.

  • 3 drops Black Spruce essential oil
  • 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil (any type)
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to the roll-on bottle. Shake to blend together, roll onto arms, chest, shoulders, and neck for uplifting your mood. 4% dilution.


 2. Black Spruce Diffuser Recipe - Woodsy Breeze

Enjoy the forest fresh minty breeze that this spruce essential oil blend has to offer. This energizing oil blend has a crisp and fresh aroma.

  • 4 drops Black Spruce essential oil
  • 3 drops Pine essential oil
  • 1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.


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 3. Black Spruce Massage Oil - Ease and Energize

Here is a great blend of oils that are supportive of your muscles and joints. Let it assist with discomfort, inflammation, and stiffness. You can even use it as a pre-workout oil because not only will it ready your joints and muscles, this blend will also energize you.

  • 10 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 4 drops Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • 4 drops Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)
  • 1 oz Trauma oil or jojoba
  • 1 oz glass pump bottle

This massage oil can be made with Trauma Oil, a carrier oil that has been infused with healing herbs (St. John’s wort, arnica, and calendula). It is perfect for this blend because it supports immunity and eases aches and pains. You can use another carrier oil like jojoba oil if you prefer.

Directions: Add all ingredients into a pump bottle and shake well to blend. Label bottle. To use, apply to oil to your desired location.


 4. Black Spruce Inhaler Blend - Brain Fog

Aromatherapy inhalers are a convenient and effective way to use essential oils on the go. You can use a reusable inhaler or a plastic inhaler. Both have cotton wicks that absorb the essential oil. The scent will last for 1-2 months. Try this blend to sharpen your memory and focus.

  • 6 drops Ravintsara oil (Cinnamomum camphora 1,8-cineole)
  • 6 drops Black Spruce oil (Picea marina)
  • 3 drops Peppermint oil (Mentha × piperita)
  • Blank Aromatherapy Inhaler

Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.


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 5. Black Spruce Body or Bath Oil - Boost Me

Fighting fatigue? Wanting to boost immunity? Try this blend of oils to help you energize and invigorate your mind and body. Plus these oils can promote circulation and respiratory health, as well as inspiration and motivation.

  • 14 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 6 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
  • 4 drops Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis)
  • 2 oz jojoba oil
  • 2 oz glass pump bottle

Directions: Add all ingredients into pump bottle and shake well to blend. Label bottle. To use as a body oil, pump a few squirts into your palm and rub onto the body (I especially love applying to the chest and arms). To use as a bath oil, squirt a few pumps into warm bath water and swirl with hand to disperse. Enjoy the aromatherapy bath but be sure to use caution when entering or exiting the bathtub as it may be slippery.


 6. Black Spruce Essential Oil Cleaning Spray

Do you use essential oils for cleaning? Black Spruce is a perfect option, I love cleaning with it. It’s good at reducing the presence of germs and leaves your home smelling great. Try this simple natural cleaning recipe.

  • 25 drops Black Spruce essential oil (Picea marina)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • 4 oz Spray Bottle

Directions: Add essential oil and vinegar to bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well and be sure to label the bottle (include the date made too). Use on counters, sinks, tile, and any surface that is safe for water-based cleaners. Since this is made without preservatives it is best to make a fresh batch every few weeks. Be sure to shake well before each use because essential oils and water do not stay blended. 


Where to Buy Black Spruce Essential Oil?

If you are looking to buy this pure essential oil, it can be found by several different brands. Here are a few brands that I like to use.

    Rocky Mountain Oils - Buy Here

      Spruce Essential Oil is part of the Rocky Mountain Oils Wellness collection. The clean-forest fragrance of Spruce oil fosters self-acceptance and forgiveness while enhancing a sense of security. Clean dirt and grime while purifying the home when you add Spruce to your DIY cleaning supplies.

      Edens Garden - Buy Here

      Taking time to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature can be incredibly inspiring to the body, mind and soul. An essential oil that links the freshness of an open forest with the human experience, Spruce has a soft green and woody aroma. Its fragrance is sometimes compared to balsamic.

      Barefut - Buy Here

      The Spruce Black essential oil not only has many beneficial properties, but the smell of the oil is an popular, alluring, holiday scent. Perfect to diffuse in the holiday months.

      Plant Therapy - Buy Here

      Historically, Black Spruce has been used in ointments, salves, and lotions to help soothe muscular discomfort and to ease tight breathing associated with seasonal concerns and pollen threats. With its fresh and uplifting aroma, it also helps lift away feelings of the winter doldrums by fighting off fatigue and energizing the senses.

      General Essential Oil Precautions

      Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

      Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

      If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.

      If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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