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Douglas Fir Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions

Douglas Fir essential oil (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is created by steam distilling the branches and needles of the tree. Most people know it as a Christmas tree. It's popular because of its strong aroma when you bring it inside. This aroma IS the essential oil of the plant! When you're smelling a Christmas tree, you're inhaling health properties as well!

Douglas Fir is different than White Fir. They have different chemical constituents, different properties, different uses, and a very different aroma, although there is overlap and you can use them as substitutes in some cases.

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
  • Cleansing and purifying to the skin
  • Promotes a positive mood and sense of focus

Emotional Benefits

In addition to its physiological uses and benefits, Douglas Fir is called the oil of "generational wisdom". While White Fir helps us to release toxic generational patterns, Douglas helps us tap into the experience and knowledge offered. When we struggle to connect with our parents or grandparents, or to see eye-to-eye, diffusing this oil during your meditation practice can help you release the distance or blocks you might have between you and build deeper relationships. At the same time you can firm grounded and rooted in your own sense of self (because how often do we tend to lose ourselves and revert back to feeling like a 5 year old again when we're hanging around our family?).

Complimentary Oils

Douglas Fir blends well with Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange, and Sandalwood essential oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include White Fir, Peppermint, Spearmint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, or Cypress essential oils.

How to Use Douglas Fir Essential Oil

Traditionally, oil of Douglas Fir uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Douglas Fir Essential Oil

Keep out of the reach of children. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Douglas Fir Essential Oil

  • Add several drops of Douglas Fir and your choice of citrus oils to a diffuser for focus and clarity.
  • Use in DIY skin care recipes or handmade soap recipes for its cleansing properties.
  • Add a drop to your hand with eucalyptus or peppermint to promote easy breathing.
  • Combine with oils such as Wintergreen, White Fir, Frankincense, etc to massage into muscles.

Inspiration for Using Douglas Fir

Brisk Walk Diffuser Blend: Add 2-4 drops each of Douglas Fir and Spearmint to your diffuser. It's a pick-me-up!

Pre-Workout Respiratory Rub: Mix 1 cup extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil and 10 drops each Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Douglas Fir essential oils. Store in glass air tight container and rub over chest before a workout.

Fake Christmas Tree Spray: In an 8 oz glass spray bottle, add 20 drops of Douglas Fir, 5 drops of White Fir, and 4 drops of Clove essential oil. Spritz your fake Christmas tree before decorating, or create the oil blend without water and use 1-2 drops on a clay ornament as desired.

Easy Clear Skin Facial Moisturizer: Over clean skin, add several drops of raw coconut oil and 1 drop of Douglas Fir and massage into face and neck. (Increase dilution rate for sensitive skin.)


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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