At Foodcraft we believe that food is our medicine and herbs are our powerful healing partners for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts used for a variety of purposes, including aromatherapy, skin care, and natural remedies.
We like to share the benefits of essential oils by focusing on specific oils in each blog.
Firs and other conifers are known as earth guardian trees or forest healers because of their purifying and cleansing properties. These towering evergreens are widely used for their wood and resin and their essential oils. They give off a fresh, crisp, earthy aroma and carry with them several medicinal properties.
Firs are evergreen coniferous trees with flat needle-like leaves and erect cones. They are an excellent source of wood and resin. Fir belongs to the Pinaceae family which is found mostly in North and Central America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The genus Abies has about 40 species that can grow up to 50 meters in height.
Siberian fir is native to eastern Russian Turkestan, Mongolia and China because it prefers cool and humid climates. It can grow up to 30 meters in height. Their leaves are light green, soft and flat and release a fragrant scent.
Siberian fir essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of this coniferous plant. It has a fresh balsamic, sweet undertone with a crisp, pine top note. The main components of the oil are bornyl acetate, camphene, 3-carene, tricyclene, dsl-limonene, α-pinene, caryophyllene, β-phellandrene, borneol and α-terpinene. These components are also found in other coniferous essential oils, but what sets Siberian fir apart from others is the concentration of these components.
Bornyl acetate content in Siberian fir is double that of white fir. Bornyl acetate is an analgesic. This oil provides it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Siberian fir essential oil is also rich in alpha pinene, a compound used in the treatment of various respiratory ailments.
Traditional use of FIR
In ancient Egypt, fir oil was valued for its ability to promote healthy hair and scalp. Fir oil was used to improve hair growth and keep the scalp healthy and free from infection.
Native Americans used fir leaves under their pillows for peaceful sleep. They also burn the leaves and stems to relieve the pain women experience after childbirth.
Its shoots and oil for medicine. It was used to treat respiratory ailments such as colds, coughs, bronchitis and tuberculosis.
Benefits of Siberian Fir Essential Oil
Fir essential oil fights various species of bacteria and prevents infections. The constituents alpha pinene, limonene, camphene and myrcene give the oil its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Siberian fir essential oil is known for its calming and relaxing effects. This is due to Alpha Pinein and D3 Kerin that interact with neurotransmitters that support the brain. It helps release tension from the body and allows for relaxation. Siberian fir essential oil is one of the most calming of the conifer oils.
Siberian fir can be mixed with lavender essential oil and used in a diffuser to help relieve body stress after a long day.
Siberian oil has a soothing effect on the skin. It can heal minor skin irritations and lighten skin tone with regular use.
The anti-inflammatory properties of Siberian fir essential oil can help reduce muscle and joint pain. It helps to get rid of persistent muscle aches and pains when applied to the affected area. This oil can be diluted with a carrier oil and massaged into the skin after a strenuous activity.
Cleanses the body
Siberian fir essential oil’s ability to stimulate liver functions and induce sweating makes it a great natural diuretic that helps the body rid itself of toxins.
For respiratory problems
The anti-inflammatory properties of Siberian fir oil work well on sore throat and inflammation of the bronchial region. It also helps expel excess mucus from the respiratory system. It relieves cold and flu symptoms and helps speed up recovery.
Siberian fir oil’s ability to clear airways is very beneficial for those suffering from colds or allergies. It also promotes sinus health, which can ease cold and flu symptoms.
Get rid of unwanted odors
Siberian essential oil helps get rid of bad and unwanted odors by fighting odor-causing bacteria, thanks to its antiperspirant and antibacterial properties.
It can also be used as an air freshener around the house. A blend of silver fir, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils can be added to water and sprayed in various rooms indoors for a fresh, clean scent.
Safety tips and warnings
Always mix essential oils with a carrier oil before applying to skin. A patch skin test should be performed first to determine an allergic reaction. Keep oil away from sensitive areas like eyes and inside ears.
Ingestion of fir essential oils is not recommended as they are not food grade.
Some fur essential oils are also not suitable for regular use. The maximum amount of this oil a person can consume is two weeks.
For pregnant women, it is recommended to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using fir essential oils. Some oils may have properties that can induce menstruation and cause miscarriage. For breastfeeding mothers, it is not recommended to use the oil on the skin.
This essential oil may cause irritation to people suffering from extensive skin trauma, acute skin disease, febrile or infectious disease, cardiac insufficiency, or extreme muscle tension (hypertonia), so it is not recommended to apply it to the skin or use it in bath water.
Credits: Innerfire Co