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WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT BLACK SPRUCE?


INGREDIENT:
Black Spruce Essential Oil

FANCY LATIN NAME:
Picea mariana

WHERE IT COMES FROM: 
The black spruce tree is native to the Northern United States and Canada. We use organic and wild-grown Canadian black spruce essential oil in our products. 

AROMATHERAPY USES:
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, founder of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, explains that "black spruce essential oil has an equilibrating effect on the mind and body and is particularly useful for conditions of physical and emotional exhaustion," making it a particularly useful oil in the holiday season. It's so energizing that it has been referred to as an "aromatherapy double espresso" on many aromatherapy websites. Inhalation of black spruce essential oil creates an immediate sense of rootedness, which facilitates deeper breath and subsequent sense of expansion. Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties also make black spruce essential oil a sought-after remedy for respiratory ailments, like the common cold and bronchitis. It is an excellent oil for inhalation via diffuser, direct inhalation, or steam shower.

SKINCARE USES:
No specific skincare uses.

THINGS TO KNOW:
The tree is a slow-growing conifer, reaching heights of 15-50 feet. The cones stay on the tree for several years, dropping their seeds slowly to increase population. The tree is also known as "swamp spruce" or "bog spruce", and in French, as "epinette noir". 

RANDOM SNIPPETS:
  • The Smithsonian notes that "Northern Native American cultures chewed spruce tree resin" as a form of chewing gum.
  • In 1949 the black spruce became the provincial tree of Newfoundland and was shown on the flag of Labrador.
  • In 1971 a black spruce tree was used as the official White House Christmas tree from the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.

  • The black spruce can live up to 300 years old. The slow-growing and somewhat shrub-like in black spruce tree is covered in long green needles and brown cones. The Northern Ontario travel guide explains that the black spruce cones "are purple when young; as they age they turn a brownish color. The inside of the trunk itself is nearly white."
    • The black spruce tree is often logged for wood pulp/paper production, or you can often find it on your kitchen table, in the form of chopsticks.
    • You can find craft breweries around the country brewing Christmas ales with black spruce trees. Brush up on the brewing history of the spruce here.
    ABOUT OUR LIMITED-EDITION CRAFT SERIES BLACK SPRUCE MOUSSE:

    Want to celebrate Picea mariana with us? On Monday, December 10th at 9 A.M. mountain time, we're launching our Craft Series Black Spruce Body Mousse, a seasonal collaboration with Beauty Heroes! Grab your jar of "aromatherapy double espresso" just in time for the holidays, and we'll plant two trees for every jar we sell! With only 100 jars made, this Craft Series could disappear quickly, so if you're daydreaming about these beautifully whipped concoctions, mark your calendar now!




    With love and black spruce excitement from us to you,






    **Nitty gritty: Release is Monday, December 10th at 9 A.M., mountain time. Valid while supplies last. APOLOGIES, BUT CRAFT SERIES BODY MOUSSE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SHIPPING TO ADDRESSES IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS ON ANY CRAFT SERIES PRODUCTS.



    The information contained in this post is for educational interest only and is not intended to represent claims for actions of black spruce. This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness or disease.





    REFRENCES:

    https://www.aoc.gov/nations-stage/capitol-christmas-tree
    https://www.conifers.org/pi/Picea_mariana.php
    https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_pima.pdf
    https://aromaticstudies.com/black-spruce-essential-oil/
    http://www.heritage.nf.ca/articles/society/arms-seals-and-emblems.php
    https://beerconnoisseur.com/articles/history-spruce-beer
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-brief-history-of-chewing-gum-61020195/
    https://www.northernontario.travel/sunset-country/facts-about-black-spruce









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