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Fir Needle essential oil

Fir Needle essential oil information

Fir Needle essential oil information

General Information

Common Name: Fir Needle

Scientific Name: Abies sibirica

Family: Pinaceae

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.

Therapeutic properties

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.