Common Name: Fir Needle
Scientific Name: Abies sibirica
Origin: Austria, Eastern France, Germany, Poland, Russia and Canada
Synonyms: Angelica officinalis
Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics
Fir Needle is a colourless to pale-yellow liquid with a rich balsamic-sweet and pleasant coniferous fragrance.
Origin and History
Fir oil is produced from the leaves and twigs of various members of the conifer family which are sold under the name fir oil. Siberian Fir Needle is made from the leaves of A. siberica. This is considered one of the most popular fir needle oils in Europe.
Fir pine tree exudes a resin called fir balsam. This was used by North American Indians for medicinal and religious purposes. A. alba is use din perfumes for bath preparations, air fresheners, disinfectants, fougere colognes, soap perfumes and detergents.
Fir oil is said to encourage protection and clarity of mind and spirit. It allows us to achieve strength and inner unity. It is considered elevating and grounding and is recommended for the third eye and crown chakra.
Method of Extraction
Fir oil is produced from the steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of various abies species.
Precautions During Use (Contraindications)
Fir oil has been reported to be non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. The German Commission E Monographs state that fir is contra-indicated for bronchial asthma and whooping cough as it increases bronchial spasms.
Fir Needle essential oil has refreshing, invigorating, stimulating and strengthening, properties. It is very popular in Aromatherapy for reviving tired muscles.
Fir Needle essential oil blends well with Cedarwood, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cajeput, Niaouli, Lavender, Juniper, Lemon and Sage.
Source: Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003, ISBN 0-6464-2896-9.