White Fir Oil is another oil that reminds me of Christmas time. It is in a line of oils I call the Christmas tree oils.
I love the smell of all the Christmas tree oils. They are energizing to the mind, yet relaxing to the body which definitely reminds me of the holidays!
White fir oil is one of the oils I love to diffuse during the holidays along with Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, or Spruce. Spruce is a bit sweeter and is great for the sauna or steam bath.
White Fir has been used by the Native Americans for hundreds of years. From building material to medicine it was a tree that was part of their existence.
Medicinally they used every part. It was used for respiratory infection, fever and even tuberculosis. White fir oil is a very powerful antioxidant because of its high d-limonene content.
Animal studies show that d-limonene against pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers. D-limonene is more recognized in the peels of citrus fruits such as orange Orange and Lemon essential oils, but it is also a constituent in the pines and firs. Palo Santo oil contains 75-76% d-limonene!
White Fir oil is also soothing to rheumatic pain, and great for muscles (or joints) that have been overworked or are tired. It is excellent for pain that has been brought on from inflammation.
This oil is in many of the professionally made blends that I use at the barn for training. And I have used in various times in my own evolution. This includes Into the Future and Grounding essential oils.
What is the Genus Species? Abies concolor
Why is this information important? It is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.
Remember, many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species that may not offer the therapeutic benefit you are looking for. Even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same.
Where is the name derived from? The name White Fir comes from its Latin scientific name “abies” meaning “fir trees” and “concolor” meaning “of one color”. Its common name is descriptive of its foliage. It has silvery blue to silver-green needles.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and branches
What is the ORAC Value? 47,000 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Grapes =739; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the White Fir was discovered by William Lobb on his 1849 expedition to California? What is interesting is that David Douglas, who the Douglas Fir is named after, actually disregarded the White Fir Tree!
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-tumoral, anti-cancerous, antioxidant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, tonic and analgesic (pain relieving).
What are the Documented White Fir Benefits and Uses? Anxiety, asthma, infections (respiratory, sinus, bronchitis, flu, colds), rheumatism, nervous tension, wounds, sore and tired muscles and joints, pain resulting from inflammation.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is physically grounding and relaxing. Strong scent, spicy and woody.
What is the Spiritual Influence? This oil will ground the body and empower the mind. It will help those who feel inadequate or disempowered. It will bring those issues to the surface so they can be released.
By the way, any of the oils that are from trees (Western Red Cedar, Palo Santo, Cedarwood, Frankincense, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.
What Chakra is Affected? The heart and sacral chakras.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange and green.
How do I use it?
Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
• Apply several drops (2-4) on location
• Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
• Directly inhale, or
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, but once again, dilute for dogs for sure!
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular which are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used! Could result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended).
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that White Fir trees are often used in cemeteries as a contrast to darker-colored evergreens?
Did you know that the White Fir Tree is also called Concolor Fir, Rocky Mountains White Fir and even Colorado Fir?
Diffuse during the holidays for a pleasant holiday scent!
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