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.
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 you're making a body scrub with this blend, add in 1 tablespoon of jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis) per every 2 oz of salt. If you're making a bath salt, add 1 tablespoon of castile soap.
See the recipe page on Aromatics International for other cold and flu blends