Beauty in Black Spruce

Montreal Times - - News - By Martha Shan­non mtl­times.ca

Canada is proud to grow Black Spruce. Known as Picea Mar­i­ana in the Botany world, black spruce is na­tive to all 10 prov­inces and 3 arc­tic ter­ri­to­ries. While it may not be known as the most splen­dorous of conifers, what it may lack in beauty, it makes up for in heal­ing prop­er­ties.

At Earth to Body, we en­cour­age nat­u­ral and or­ganic skin care. Black spruce has not es­caped our in­ter­est. I wish I could turn the clock back and be a fly on a wig­wam, a teepee, and a long­house. I wish I could wit­ness the mirac­u­lous mak­ing of a black spruce poul­tice or other de­coc­tion to help heal a wounded war­rior or a sick child.

If we do ask our na­tive peo­ple to­day, they may share their story…

“We would re­move some of the resin from the tree. Not all, be­cause resin heals the tree.We would ap­ply a poul­tice of the in­ner bark of the spruce tree to ease in­flam­ma­tions. The tree resin made into a salve or poul­tice with oil would be used on sores, wounds, burns, rashes, sca­bies. We also used black spruce de­coc­tions for many in­ter­nal ail­ments like in­di­ges­tion, di­ar­rhea, sore throat, coughs. We made a ‘Spruce’ beer ‘ from the twigs, dis­cov­er­ing it pro­vided us with good health.

Our First na­tion peo­ple relied on na­ture’s gifts, to nour­ish, to heal, to sur­vive.We need to lis­ten.

The in­cred­i­ble Black Spruce tree trunk also pro­vided pitch for seal­ing for ca­noes. Long string roots stitched ca­noes and sewed wo­ven bas­kets to­gether. Per­haps the tree was not ideal for large con­struc­tion projects, but in smaller ones, it ex­celled.

We thank our na­tive peo­ple for shar­ing their knowl­edge about the Black Spruce tree. They have done all the work. They know the recipes, the de­coc­tions, what part of the tree, whether to source from the south side, the twig, the root, or the cone.

We are proud to use Cana­dian Black spruce in our ‘X Cream’ and our ‘Skin Man­ager’. To­day, Black Spruce is known for its po­tent an­tibac­te­rial, an­tivi­ral, an­ti­sep­tic, an­ti­spas­modic, anti-can­cer, anti-in­flam­ma­tory, dis­in­fec­tant and wound heal­ing prop­er­ties.We know this be­cause it has been a part of his­tory of our peo­ple.

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“We would re­move some of the resin from the black spruce tree and…Indige­nous Cana­dian

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