Engelman Spruce from Utah

by Andrea Butje on June 24, 2011

Engelman Spruce from UtahThere are only a few conifer (Pine, Spruce or Fir) oils that contain a significant percentage of d-limonene.

Siberian Fir, Silver Fir and Engelman Spruce are three that generally have at least 25% d-limonene.

Why do you care about d-limonene? Well maybe you don’t yet, but check this out . . .

The immune stimulating effects of d-limonene have been well researched, and the component is known to stimulate white blood cells that help fight infection. This component also offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant effects. Seems worth a little attention . . . right?

The group of oils with the highest d-limonene content are the citrus oils. Orange and Grapefruit contain about 95% d-limonene! Orange, Grapefruit, Siberian Fir and Engelman Spruce create a beautiful aromatic blend that can be very helpful when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold, have a sinus infection, or headaches from congested sinuses. The Siberian Fir brings a calming aspect to the blend with its ester content. If you want a deeper, lower note, try adding a few drops of Palo Santo, which also happens to have a very high percentage of d-limonene (almost 70%).

Inhaler for relieving a cold, sinus infection or headache from congested sinuses:
Orange – 3 drops
Grapefruit – 3 drops
Siberian Fir – 3 drops
Engelman Spruce – 4 drops
Palo Santo – 2 drops

Add the essential oils to a blank inhaler. This blend can also be diluted in jojoba and massaged into the back of your neck.

If this kind of information interests you, Aromahead Institute has a class on the Conifer oils called Component Blending. We spend 3 days studying Pine, Spruce and Fir essential oil chemistry, blending with the oils and learning how to differentiate between them. This class is also available online!

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fransita June 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I was unaware that these conifer essential oils contain limonene. thank you for the info and the lovely recipe for the sinus decongesting blend utilizing citrus, conifers and palo santo. sounds divine*

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