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Spruce Essential Oil

Spruce Oil
Spruce Oil
    

Botanical Name: Picea mariana

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Needles

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Fresh, woody, earthy, sweet, with a hint of a fruity note.

Spruce

Spruce

Spruce Oil Uses: Coughing, depression. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 62-66.]

Constituents: Pinenes, limonene, bornyl acetate, tricyclene, phellandrene, myrcrene, thujone, dipentene, cadinene. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 231.]

Safety Information: Spruce Oil may cause possible skin irritation depending on true plant species. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 80.]

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