Fir Oil

Fir oil

What is Fir oil?

Like so many popular essential oils, fir oil is extracted through a process of steam distillation from fir needles, primarily from the species Abies balsamea. The needles are the most important part of this plant, as that is where the active ingredients and powerful chemical compounds are located. Once the essential oil is extracted, it can be used for a wide variety of applications, notably in the form of topical ointments or additives to other carrier oils that have other health properties. The combination of tricyclene, a-pinene, borneol, limonene, acetate, and myrcene all combine for these impressive health effects.

Properties

The largest producing companies of fir oil are France, Germany, and Bulgaria, perhaps due to their large forested areas and an accessible market for health-conscious Europeans who use essential oils regularly. The scent of fir essential oil is not overpowering and is considered more of a middle note essential oil. In terms of aromatherapy or topical application, fir essential oil blends well with lemon, pine, orange, and rosemary. If you feel like benefitting from the positive effects of this essential oil and enjoying the smell of fresh fir trees, then you should definitely keep reading!

Precaution

Despite the versatility of this particular essential oil, it is important to never consume essential oils internally. Inhalation in the form of aromatherapy is safe in certain situations, but it is always better to speak with an herbalist or an aromatherapist before embarking on this sort of alternative treatment. Also, due to the high concentration of chemicals in these oils, undiluted oils can be very powerful and dangerous when your skin is directly exposed to it.

Benefits

Prevents Infections

When it comes to preventing infection, essential oils have been turned to for thousands of years, and fir essential oil is no exception.

Relieves Pain

The soothing nature of fir oil makes it ideal for soothing pain and relaxing aching muscles. The stimulating nature of the oil can bring blood to the surface of the skin, flushing out toxins and increasing the rate of healing and recovery so your pain fades away and your body gets even stronger in the process.

Detoxifies the Body

Some of the organic compounds and active oils within fir oil actually stimulate the body to flush itself clean. This tonic quality of this popular oil makes it great for people on health cleanses or who are simply looking to eliminate a few extra toxins from their system.

Improves Respiratory Function

Although some essential oils can be dangerous when inhaled, the aromatherapeutic qualities of fir essential oil are well known. This powerful essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the improvement of respiratory conditions. It can induce coughing to loosen and release mucus from your membranes, and can also act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the throat and bronchial tubes. Do not ingest the oil.

Increases Metabolism

There are many factors that affect our metabolism, but fir oil can act as a general body stimulant, kicking our body into overdrive and increasing everything from our digestive rate to our heart rate.

Eliminates Body Odor

The naturally pleasant smell of fir essential oil makes it a wonderful candidate for people suffering from body odor. You know what the fresh smell of a beautiful pine forest smells like; isn’t that better than suffering from offensive body odor? Fir oil can actually decrease the number of bacteria in your body that creates that foul odor and leave you smelling fresh in the forest!

Side effects

Pregnancy and Children: As is the case with most essential oils, use is not recommended for children or pregnant women. However, as a diffused scent in the home, it can be considered safe, but pregnant or breastfeeding women should speak to their doctor first. Allergic Reactions: Many potent essential oils will cause inflammatory reactions on the skin, even if you aren’t specifically allergic to the plant from which the oil is derived. Apply a small amount on a patch of skin and wait a few hours to see if any reaction occurs (e.g., swelling, itching, redness, rashes). Ingestion: It is not recommended that you ingest white fir essential oil, although in extremely small amounts when mixed with a carrier oil or beverage (e.g., hot tea, coffee), it may be safe to consume. Gastrointestinal upset, nausea or vomiting can occur, so only very small amounts should be consumed, after approval from your doctor.