Black Spruce Essential Oil
WHAT IS THE FANCY LATIN NAME?
WHY DO WE LOVE BLACK SPRUCE?
Aromatherapy, aromatherapy, aromatherapy. Say it three times fast and it’ll summon a vial of black spruce essential oil for cozy winter days.
WHERE DOES BLACK SPRUCE COME FROM?
The black spruce tree is native to the Northern United States and Canada. The species name, mariana, means “of Maryland” in Latin. Which is a bit odd considering that the species does not naturally grow there. The man who named the species, Philip Miller, believed that Maryland epitomized North America and designated the species’ Latin name to reflect that. The tree is also known as "swamp spruce" or "bog spruce," and in French, as “epinette noire” because its needles can appear black from a distance. We use organic and wild-grown Canadian black spruce essential oil in our products.
Wildfires and controlled burns can actually aid black spruce trees in their life cycle. The cones usually open gradually when left to their own devices, but will rapidly disperse their seeds when exposed to extreme heat. The arrangement of the tree’s branches promotes ignition while also protecting its cones. Black spruce is the most prominent plant life to regenerate in an area after a fire, putting down roots after devastation and thriving.
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.
WHAT DOES THE OSMIA CREW THINK?
“Black Spruce Mousse sets the homey, holiday mood. I use it as part of my evening routine and then sit in front of the fire with a book to enjoy.”
- Monika, Osmia’s Production Manager
“Mousse, in general, is a solid part of my routine, I love moussing up my beard. The scent of Black Spruce Mousse just hits home for me though—the concept of being surrounded by plants and nature is something I hold dear.”
- Greg, Osmia’s Production Specialist
With love and black spruce excitement from us to you,
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.