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21 Benefits of White Fir Essential Oil

White Fir essential oil (Abies alba) is another rarely used, barely known oil that packs a real punch. It smells like Christmas, all fresh and woody and white fir-like (go figure)...but with what I can only describe as a little "edgy" or crisper. It's my hubby's favorite for his shoulder, and just to diffuse because it smells so good (try diffusing equal drops of white fir and bergamot - heaven!). For some it might even remind you of commercial cleaners (and in fact, furniture polish is a popular use for White Fir). It's very earthy and masculine in nature, though, which is nice for the gents out there who don't want to smell like a delicate flower.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment or medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of White Fir include:

  • Analgesic (pain relieving)
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anticatarrhal
  • Antiseptic (pulmonary)
  • Expectorant
  • Stimulant

I can't say I would even have used it if it weren't for my husband. As a juggler, he's constantly practicing new tricks and often finds that some of the behind-the-back throws really mess with his shoulder. He started using white fir because it's recommended for frozen shoulder and saw a dramatic increase in his mobility, but also in the stiffness and soreness of the muscle and joint after juggling. He also uses it after work (carpentry), and like I said, any other time. Because hello, it smells like Christmas.

As with any "tree oils", White Fir is a grounding oil. Think of a tree, whose roots reach deep into the Earth while it's branches reach high into the sky and you'll get a picture of the emotional affects of this oil. Grounding, yet empowering and uplifting. It leaves you feeling emotional stable and strong enough to weather the storms.

In addition to its grounding effect, it is also said to have a spiritual impact on generational baggage, healing and clearing old patterns and wounds that unconsciously get passed from generation to generation. (Who could use a little of THAT?) It helps to bring light to these subtle habits and traditions, especially mental and emotional patterns that keep us stuck, codependent, or limited in our own lives. This is often described as a giant block that you can't put your finger on or figure out, but keep running into again and again.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient 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.

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • 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 each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use White Fir Essential Oil

Traditionally, white fir essential oil 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: 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.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment or medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses for White Fir

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Aches
Mix 1 drop of White Fir essential oil with a carrier oil and massage into the area of concern for several minutes.

Airborne Germs/Bacteria
Diffuse the oil or mix into a spray bottle and regularly spray through the room.

Bronchitis
Massage a single drop into the chest and apply a hot compress, or inhale from the bottle.

Bursitis
Massage 1 drop into the area of concern 2-3 times a day or as preferred.

Cartilage Inflammation
Massage 1 drop into the area of concern at least once a day.

Colds
Great for aches and pains of the common cold, as well as detoxifying the body and the air. Diffuse regularly and massage into the areas of concern.

Coughs
Inhale directly from the bottle or massage one drop into the chest and neck area.

Empowerment
Rub a single drop between the palms of the hand, cup over the mouth and nose, and inhale slowly until you're ready to put your superhero cape back on.

Energizing
Rub a single drop between the palms of the hand, cup over the mouth and nose and inhale slowly for up to 1 minute. Also use topically as desired.

Fever
Massage one drop of White Fir essential oil into the reflex points of the feet or apply to the back of the neck. Peppermint has a cooling effect that is also good for this.

Flu
Great for aches and pains of the flu, as well as detoxifying the body and the air. Diffuse regularly and massage into the areas of concern.

Frozen Shoulder
Massage 1-2 drops into the area of concern as needed.

Furniture Polish
Add several drops to each tablespoon of olive oil (or furniture wax); use the mixture sparingly. Also consider adding fresh lemon or Lemon essential oil.

Generational Healing
Use one drop a day on the feet or over any area that seems to be carrying old patterns. Use aromatically during meditation or journaling on these topics as well.

Grounding
Massage 1-2 drops into the feet during times of stress or chaos. Or inhale directly from the bottle. Try during meditation, too.

Muscle Fatigue
Gently massage 1-2 drops of White Fir essential oil into each area of concern, moving toward the heart to assist the lymphatic system in expelling lactic acid buildup.

Muscle Pain
Gently massage 1-2 drops into each area of concern, moving toward the heart to assist the lymphatic system.

Respiratory Congestion
Apply with a hot compress, or use aromatically, either diffusing or inhaling from the bottle.

Rheumatic Pain
Gently massage 1-2 drops of White Fir essential oil into the area of concern for several minutes, then apply a hot compress.

Overexercised Muscles
Gently massage 1-2 drops into each area of concern, moving toward the heart to assist the lymphatic system in expelling lactic acid buildup. Apply with ice or heat as need.

Sprains
Massage 1-2 drops into the area of concern, and apply a cold compress or ice.

Urinary Tract Infections
Apply 1 drop over the lower abdomen and mid to low back (kidneys), apply at hot compress as desired. You may also consider adding to a capsule and taking internally with as much water as you can drink (to help flush through the urinary system).

In addition to White Fir essential oil, also consider trying Arborvitae, a muscle/joint blend, Cypress, Wintergreen, a balancing blend or check out other essential oils here.




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