Spruce

(Tusga canadensis)   (Picea mariana)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAspire, LeAssurance, LeBenediction, LeCinnamonBear, LeConnection, LeDeeper, LeDiscernment, LeDreams, LeEverlasting, LeGrace, LeHoliday Spirit, LeInner Peace, LeMagi, LeMeditation, LeMillenia, LePatches, LeSanctuary, LeStefanie, LeTrust, LeUnity, LeVision, LeWhispering Hope, LeWisdom

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cortisone-like

AFFINITY FOR: bones, joints, muscles, endocrine system, particularly thyroid & thymus, solar plexus chakra, brow chakra, heart meridian, governing vessel meridian, liver meridian

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY: Coniferae

PART UTILIZED: needles, leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of Canadian spruce is calming to the nervous system. It encourages communication, both the speaking and listening aspects.

APPLICATION: Spruce can be applied, diluted, to the feet or any other area of the body. Spruce is very pleasant in the bath or sauna. It is frequently used as an ingredient in room sprays, soaps, and detergents.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Spruce (and other conifers) create the symbolic effect of an umbrella which protects the earth and brings energy in from the universe. At night the animals of the forest lie down under a conifer tree for the protection and rejuvenation that the tree will provide for them. Spruce grounds the solar plexus and stimulates the thymus, creating the emotional balance necessary to be gracious at both giving and receiving. Spruce can help us push through emotional blocks to further healing.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of spruce make it beneficial for bone pain, aching joints, arthritis, and sciatica. Spruce should be massaged wherever sore muscles need relaxing and re-energizing. Spruce is an excellent oil for the respiratory and endocrine systems. Spruce is a general gland and organ tonic, but it has an intrinsic affinity for balancing the thyroid function and stimulating the thymus gland.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The aroma of Canadian spruce is that of a forest of conifer trees, but with a strong balsamy vanilla undertone, which is very comforting to the emotions. Tsuga canadensis is Canadian spruce, not the species called black spruce, which is Picea marianna. Tsuga canadensis seems to be consistently sweeter, more mellow, and with more of the balsam and vanilla notes that I love than Picea marianna. Canadian spruce adds a rich depth to blends that is not usually accomplished with any other variety of spruce.