Silver Fir Essential Oil
Silver Fir Essential Oil is also commonly known as Fir Needle Essential Oil and White Fir Essential Oil.
Silver Fir Essential Oil is steam distilled from the needles of the Silver Fir, Abies alba, a tall, majestic evergreen that is indigenous to Europe.
Silver Fir Essential Oil is abundant in monoterpenes and can be very helpful in supporting respiratory health. It's a good choice to include in blends intended for bronchitis, colds and the flu.
Emotionally, Silver Fir Essential Oil is a wonderfully energizing essential oil that can be helpful if you have fatigue. It may also be helpful in instances of anxiety or depressed spirits (see uses section below).
Aromatically, Silver Fir Essential Oil is a middle note that blends especially well with essential oils in the conifer, wood, citrus, mint, and herbaceous families. It possesses a fresh, woody, sweet, "forest" aroma.
It's a beautiful essential oil to use around the Christmas and winter holidays. However, it's a highly beneficial essential oil that shouldn't be merely limited to holiday themed aromatic applications.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Clear with a Tinge of Yellow
Thin with an Oily Texture
Top - Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma
Fresh, woody, earthy, sweet.
Silver Fir Essential Oil Uses
Catarrh, sinusitis, bronchitis, bronchia, tract discomfort, dry cough, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, feverishness, anxiety, tension. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 588.]
Winter Blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). [Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 57-58.]
Sustainability and Conservation Status
To learn more about the conservation status of essential oil bearing plants and how to use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, please refer to AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils and Sustainability.
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[K.H. Kubeczka, W. Schultze. Biology and Chemistry of Conifer Oils. (Flavour & Fragrance Journal 2, 1987), 137-148. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 285.]
Silver Fir Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Skin sensitization is more likely when using oxidized Fir Needle Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 285.]
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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