I love the smell of evergreen trees when I'm out walking the trails on our farm. Although this time of year you're more likely to think of decking the halls with evergreens than making an infused oil. I first learned about infusing pine and spruce cuttings when I happened upon a headache salve that included pine infused oil as one of the ingredients. Further research revealed that the sticky sap was used by Native Americans in poultices on sores and other inflammations. Sap mixed with fat provided a pain killer for chapped hands, cuts, scrapes, burns and rashes. You can also make a vitamin C rich tea by steeping the needles in hot water. Captain Cook, the english explorer and navigator was known to have made spruce beer during his sea voyages to ward off scurvy in his crew. Although my goals are not nearly so lofty, my hope is that the oil and resin that I collected the other day will retain the wonderful aroma of the spruce needles and impart that fragrance to whatever products I make with it - we shall see. For now the jar of oil is warming next to my wood coal boiler in the basement.