Monday, October 14, 2013

Wonderful White Fir

This week in our EO spotlight, we're looking at white fir. I hope you're enjoying these posts as much as I am, they remind me of all the great uses for my stash of oils.

Scientific name: Abies alba

Common extraction methods: steam distilled from needles

Properties: Anti-arthritic, anti-catarrhal (inflammation of mucous membranes), antiseptic (pulmonary), expectorant, stimulant, and analgesic (painkiller).

Applications: Can be applied topically, I recommend a 2% dilution for adults (10-12 drops per 1 oz carrier oil) and a 1% dilution for children (5-6 drops per 1 oz carrier oil). Diffuse.

Uses: Bronchitis, cartilage inflammation, energizing, frozen shoulder, furniture polish, muscle fatigue and pain and those overexercised, sprains. 

Safety info: Sensitive skin may be irritated.

Ways to use it in real life:

  • Blends well with frankincense and lavender
  • Fight germs - use in a room spray, diffuser and in cleaning to fight airborne germs and bacteria
  • Men's cologne - the same blend I mentioned last week has white fir. This would make a great gift for that hard to shop for man. {Click here} for the recipe.
  • Real tree smell - Do you have an artificial Christmas tree and miss that real tree smell? Get a few pine cones, add a drop or two to each cone and place in your tree for that real tree smell without the allergies or mess. I can see doing this with white fir and cinnamon for a real festive blend!
  • Deodorizing Spray - Dawn's ReFresh blend, {click here} for the recipe.
  • Diffuse - so many wonderful fall and winter blends, here's a few of my favorites: 
  • Patti's Place has a "A Walk Through the Woods" blend - 4 drops white fir, 3 drops cypress and 2 drops vetiver.
  • Created2Fly's "Citrus Forest" blend - 2 drop lime, 2 drops lemon, 1 drops each wild orange, bergamot and white fir
  • Camp Wander offers a "Pine Forest Blend (Christmas Tree)" blend using 4 drops White Fir, 3 drops Frankincense, 1 drop Wild Orange
Sources: Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, Third Edition Published by Abundant Health
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