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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.

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: cold, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, citrus oils, Engelman Spruce, Engelman Spruce from Utah, Essential Oils, flu, Immune stimulating, limonene, sinus

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