White Fir Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
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.
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 joints 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.
- Alleviates the discomfort of sore muscles and joints.
- Supports clear breathing and respiratory function
- Energizes the body and the mind
As with any "tree oils", White Fir is a grounding oil. Think of a tree, whose roots reach deep into the Earth while its 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 emotionally stable and strong enough to weather the storms.
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:
Precautions of White Fir Essential Oil
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 White Fir Essential Oil
- Apply to muscles and joints during winter time.
- Diffuse or apply to chest to promote clear breathing.
- Add 1–2 drops to a hot bath to relax and breathe in White Fir’s cleansing aroma.
- Diffuse to reduce mental fatigue at work.
- For furniture polish, try one cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 fresh lemon juice, and 4 drops of white fir.
- Massage 1-2 drops into the feet during times of stress or chaos.
Inspiration for Using White Fir Essential Oil
Calming Nature Diffuser Blend: combine 3 drops Patchouli with 2 drops White Fir. Diffuse for a neutral grounding effect.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
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