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Spruce / Tsuga, Wild: Canada (Tsuga canadensis)

Spruce, also known as Hemlock or Tsuga, is a conifer tree that has a long-life span and attains a height up to one hundred feet. Native to eastern North America, the oldest known Spruce tree is over five hundred years old. (This plant should not be confused with the flowering Hemlock plant, Conium maculatum, which is poisonous.) It has been thought that the Spruce and other conifer trees create a symbolic covering that protects the earth and brings energy in from the universe. Even the animals in the forest will lie down under a conifer tree for a sense of protection and rejuvenation that is provided from the tree’s branches.

Historically the Native American Indians considered the tree beneficial for spiritual awareness. They would use the twigs in sweat lodges, the resin for an insect repellant, the bark and twigs on wounds, muscles aches, and to make a tea. The essential oil is steam distilled from the twigs and leaves and has a pleasant forest-like smell. Spruce is also a popular ingredient in perfumes, soaps, and detergents.

Primary Usage: Assists respiratory issues (asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds, flu, rheumatism, coughs), pains(cortisone-like properties, bone, muscle, swelling, stiffness, lumbago, arthritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, spasms), kidney and urinary tract infections, and for skin issues (infections, eczema, wounds, athletes foot, ringworm, nail fungus, rashes, dandruff, acne, insect bites).

Secondary Usage: Have good success with assisting emotional issues (calming, enhances mediation, grounding, balance, dissolves emotional blocks, stress, anxiety, nervous tension, balances the solar plexus charka),and fungal infections.

Has Been Reported: Balancing to the thyroid and adrenal functions, stimulates the thymus, prostate issues, and used in cleaning solutions as a disinfectant.

Descriptor: Expectorant, Analgesic, Nervine, Anti-Inflammatory, Diuretic, Antiseptic, Astringent, Anti-Infectious, Anti-Spasmodic, Immune Stimulant, Tonic

Application: Apply topically or diffuse

Caution: May be more sensitizing as it ages.

Found In: Courage, Breathe Ez, Joint Support, Meditate, Balance

Influences: Enhances spirituality, uplifting, used for meditation, and balancing to the mind, body, and spirit. People who normally do not like the smell right out of the bottle have found they enjoy the fragrance once it has been applied to their skin in a massage.

Medicine Wheel: A Primary North and Secondary Center.

Blends Well With: Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Galbanum, Lavender, Orange, Pine, and Rosemary

Recipes: For stress take four drops of Spruce and Orange and mix it with two drops of Lavender. Diffuse or add to a carrier oil and massage.

Country of Origin: Canada, Wild
Botanical Name: Tsuga canadensis
Plant Part: Needles
Note: Conifer, Fresh, Uplifting

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