The spruce (Latin: Picea abies) is a conifer whose range spreads across Europe. The tree is a member of the pine family. The spruce is referred to in vernacular as the pitch or black spruce. The smell of spruce after a rain shower is soothing and reminiscent of nature in its purest form. The essential oil from the spruce needles is often used in natural healing to improve breathing. A hot tea infusion with the young shoots of the spruce is said to help relieve a cough, among other things. The unmistakable forest fragrance also soothes our spirit: when we’re stressed and exhausted, it helps calm us down and feel grounded.