conifer essential oils

Aliksir: A Canadian Essential Oils Distiller

by Andrea Butje on July 18, 2016

Canada is home to a wide variety of conifer trees, and so many beautiful essential oils! My friends at Aliksir in Canada distill conifer essential oils and hydrosols—Black Spruce, Balsam Fir, Balsam Poplar, Juniper, White Cedar, Hemlock, and so many more. They also distill the oils of other plants, such as Melissa and Goldenrod. The […]


Conifer Oil Extravaganza & A Black Spruce Recipe!

by Andrea Butje on January 18, 2016

There is something really special about conifer essential oils. Their aroma is so comforting and invigorating at the same time. It gives me the sense of being in a cozy cabin—warm and cared for, with an expansive feeling of inspiration. (What better place is there to get creative than in a cabin in a pine […]


If you’re a fan of Pine essential oil, take a sneak peek into the Component Blending class at Aromahead Institute! True confession: I spent months developing this class, just so I could  do nothing but smell and blend with Spruce, Fir and Pine essential oil! Okay, there’s more. I wanted to explore some really exceptional blends with […]


Conifer Blog Posts

by Andrea Butje on March 28, 2012

Over the last few years, I’ve written a few blog posts on different conifer essential oils. Conifer essential oils are just wonderful. Not only do they smell like you’re smack in the middle of a pine forest, but they have a multitude of medicinal and emotional benefits. This post on Balsam Fir describes the essential […]


The Healing Potential of Sitka Spruce

by Andrea on February 16, 2010

Common 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. […]