Fir needle essential oil delivers much more than just a fresh, wintery scent; it is best known for relieving cold symptoms, but it is an excellent detoxification support, can speed up the body’s healing processes, and has many household applications due to its disinfectant properties. Its aroma is fresh, evergreen and slightly balsamic, and the oil presents as a clear, colorless liquid with a strong middle fragrance note. Steam distilled from the needles of the species abies (alba or balsamea), it is a type of pine tree widely grown in the northern hemisphere. Fir needle essential oil from Canada is considered one of the highest quality available.
Fir needle essential oil is comprised of more than 17 components, but its medicinal qualities are primarily attributed to bornyl acetate, camphene, delta-3 cerene, limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene.
Fir essential oil in history
The fir tree is probably best known as a Christmas tree, as it was the first species widely used to represent the holiday. The main origins of fir needle essential oil, besides Canada, are the densely-forested areas of France, Germany, and Bulgaria. Native Americans used fir needles in their pillows to promote a peaceful sleep, and after childbirth, it was burned to stimulate perspiration and help women to recover their strength more quickly. Most fir needle essential oil is derived from silver fir or balsam fir varieties, but be aware that if the source is anything but the species abies, it is not a true fir.
In ancient Egypt, fir needle essential oil was used to create a scalp tonic that was said to stimulate hair growth.
The resin from fir trees is used to make turpentine, which can be used to heal cuts more quickly, as a treatment for lice and as an ingredient in some topical cold remedies. The resin plays an important role in protecting the tree itself. It acts as a protective sealant, covering wounds in the trees caused by insects or animals, and helping to protect it from disease and other threats. Rich in vitamin C, fir needles can be steeped into a tea for an invigorating hot tonic.
Fir Needle oil uses
Antibacterial: treats cuts, wounds, and minor skin irritations.
Soothes and heals the skin: can be effective in relieving irritations caused by sunburn, big bites, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, scabies, and eczema.
Anti-inflammatory: aids in reducing inflammation through its diuretic and analgesic properties, and can provide relief to those who suffer from arthritis or rheumatism.
Diuretic: helps the body to release subcutaneous water, salt and toxins through perspiration and urinary elimination.
Analgesic: topical application can help to bring blood to the area, which can support the body’s healing processes and shorten recovery time.
Strengthens and heals your bones: speeds the process of healing broken or fractured bones, and can be helpful in treating osteoporosis as it helps to increase bone density.
Muscle relaxant: alleviates muscular tension and helps the body to recover after strain or strenuous exercise.
Mood lifter: lends support to your emotional strength and promotes an air of confidence.
Detoxification: some of the chemical compounds in fir needle essential oil stimulates the body’s natural cleansing mechanism.
Metabolism booster: stimulates the metabolic processes, including digestive function and heart rate.
Antiseptic: an excellent addition to your first aid kit, fir needle essential oil can be made into an ointment to apply to cuts and wounds.
Anti-bacterial: fir needle essential oil decreases the amount of bacteria in the body and on surfaces. This mechanism also makes it helpful in combatting body odor.
Anti-fungal: helps to heal fungal infections of the skin and stop an existing infection from spreading.
Stress-buster: helps to settle the mind and body in times of stress.
Anti-cancer: studies have shown that fir needle essential oil has great potential as a natural anti-tumor treatment.
Ease cold, flu and seasonal allergy symptoms: used as a chest rub or directly inhaled, fir needle essential oil can help to loosen chest and sinus congestion, open breathing passages and suppress cough.
Household cleaner: adding fir needle essential oil to household cleaning products adds a disinfectant punch as well as a fresh, clean scent.
Air purifier: diffused in sick rooms, it can help clean the air of impurities and airborne germs.
Anti-aging: helps to boost proteins in the skin which can add vibrancy while combatting skin dryness, dullness, and other signs of aging.
Fir needle essential oil is a skin irritant, and should not be used undiluted. You should test on a small area of skin until you know your tolerance, and always heed recommended dilution factors. Avoid contact with your eyes, inner ears and mucous membranes, and never ingest undiluted essential oil unless under the direct authority of a practitioner who is qualified to practice aromatherapy with essential oils.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.