Have you ever used white fir essential oil?
The uplifting, forest-fresh scent of white fir essential oil will have you reminiscing of a wooded forest. This potent essential oil offers a clean and crisp aroma that is calming yet energizing when used aromatically.
White fir is also known as silver fir, silver spruce or fir needle oil. The botanical name is abies alba. Another botanical name I have seen used for white fir is abies concolor.
Historically, fir oil has been used for respiratory complaints, fever, muscular pain and rheumatic treatment.
I love using white fir essential oil. It's a versatile oil that I use in many DIY essential oil recipes like diffuser blends, homemade perfumes, massage oils, room sprays, foaming soaps and aromatherapy inhalers.
I have put together a printable guide for you so you can use fir oil for natural health and wellness. I have also included a White Fir Challenge so you can spend a day getting to know this oil more intimately and experience the value it has in store for you. You can get this free white fir guide at the end of this post.
White Fir Essential Oil Facts:
Plant Part Used:
Needles and twigs
Woody, fresh, coniferous, earthy
Limonene, B-pinene, bornyl acetate. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.
Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic.
White Fir Essential Oil Blends Well With:
Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Ginger, Douglas Fir, Cypress, Frankincense, Balsam Fir, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Cedarwood.
Catarrh, sinusitis, bronchitis, bronchial tract discomfort, dry cough, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, feverishness, anxiety, tension, general tonic. (from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, page 588)
Arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism. Bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis. Colds, fever, flu. (from The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, page 92-93)
White Fir Essential Oil Uses & Benefits
#1 Relieves Overexercised Muscles
-White fir essential oil can be useful after strenuous activity or vigorous exercise. The anti-inflammatory properties found in this oil can soothe inflammation. It may be beneficial for reducing muscle pain and fatigue.
-Create a Post Workout Massage Oil by dilute 1-2 drops of white fir into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (like jojoba oil), massage onto sore or fatigued muscles. The calming but uplifting aroma will also promote recovery after a workout.
#2 Has Energizing Effects
-Feeling lazy or tired? Emotionally, white fir oil is energizing, encouraging, grounding and empowering. It is able to stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax. Use white fir when you need to wake up early, right before a big meeting or during the afternoon to avoid after lunch slump.
-You can create an invigorating environment by diffusing this fresh scent around you in an aromatherapy diffuser. Read more about diffusing essential oils.
-Another favorite use is to place 1-2 drops of white fir on a diffuser necklace so you can enjoy the positive aromatherapy effects throughout the day.
#3 Offers Cleansing Properties
-Like many essential oils, white fir can be extremely helpful for all natural cleaning. The fresh and potent essential oil comes in handy for wiping down kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces, and work spaces.
-Make a White Fir & Lemon Kitchen & Bathroom Cleaner: Add 15 drops of white fir oil, 15 drops lemon essential oil and 1 teaspoon of castile soap into an 8 oz glass spray bottle. Fill rest of bottle with distilled water. Shake well before use. Spray on the desired surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
#4 Helps Reduce Stress
-Frustrating day at home, work or school? Whenever a tense or stressful situation arises, let white fir essential oil ease you through these difficult circumstances.
-Try keeping an aromatherapy inhaler with white fir at your desk or in your purse. Next time a stressful or tense situation arises, inhale the aroma to promote an uplifting and stabilizing feeling.
-Diffuse "Morning Hike" blend: You will need 3 drops of White Fir, 2 drops of Cedarwood, 1 drop of Peppermint, and 1 drop Clove essential oil. Place in you diffuser along with the recommended water amount your diffuser requires.
#5 Promotes Healthy Respiratory System
-White fir is a wonderful choice for supporting lungs and healthy airways. It has decongestant, expectorant and mucolytic properties. These properties help with lung and sinus issues. Perfect for opening airways so you can breathe easier, especially during allergy season.
-Make an Essential Oil Allergy Inhaler: Add 8 drops of white fir, 4 drops helichrysum and 3 drops of laurel leaf oil to a blank inhaler. To use, open and inhale the aroma when you need help with sinus congestion and inflammation.
-Create a Sinus Steam Bowl: Place one drop of white fir in a very hot bowl of water (but not boiling). Position your head over the bowl and cover with a towel. Inhale the steam for up to 5 minutes. Keep eyes closed to avoid irritation. Relax and let the woodsy aroma penetrate into your lungs. Do not use this method with small children.
General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.