The Healing Potential of Sitka Spruce

by Andrea on February 16, 2010

Sitka Spruce Essential OilCommon name: Sitka Spruce
Latin name: Picea sitchensis

I’m always interested in essential oils that contain beta-myrcene in their chemical make-up.

The most recent Sitka Spruce we imported from one of our French distillers has 23.5% beta-myrcene.

The research on beta-myrcene indicates that the component offers analgesic, anti-inflammatory and CNS (Central Nervous System) sedative effects.

We consider oils high in β-myrcene to be good pain killers, and tend to use them in our pain-reducing blends. Sitka Spruce is one of these oils. It has an earthy, woody aroma that I just love.

It’s also indicated for people suffering from respiratory issues, such as allergies, colds, the flu or sinus infections. If the sinuses are inflamed and accompanied by body aches and pains, Sitka is a great choice. (We also use Mastic essential oil which can have a content of 50% beta-myrcene.)

Here’s great stock blend for cold and flu. Several drops of this blend can be used in a diffuser or added to a carrier–such as a bath salt, inhaler, jojoba, lotion or salt scrub.

Cold and Flu Blend
10 drops Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)
10 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
10 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
20 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)

If making a salt scrub with this blend, add in 1 tablespoon of jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis) per every 4 oz. of salt.

See the recipe page on Aromatics International for other cold and flu blends

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Gaileee February 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm

What about just putting 10 – 15 drops of the Sitka Spruce onto an aromatherapy inhaler?



Andrea Butje February 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

Hi Gail – that’s perfectly fine, as long as the oil doesn’t irritate your mucous membranes. Sometimes I enjoy using just one essential oil in inhalers.


Admin February 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Hi Patti- good idea to add Mastic to the blend, and also linalol/ linalyl acetate oils. We have 5 of these oils on
Bergamot Mint
Linaloe berry


Patti Gelini February 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Grea timing! Having been away for two weeks, one in Chicago and one in New York, I have a list of people that would like to try inhalers for sinus in particular. Once folks turn on their heat, the trouble begins. For those who experience significant pain, would you recommend adding Mastic to this blend? Or one of the linalol/ linalyl acetate oils?Thanks, Patti


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