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Silver Fir Essential Oil

Fir Needles

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.

Fir Needle Essential Oil

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.

Botanical Name

Abies alba

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Clear with a Tinge of Yellow


Thin with an Oily Texture

Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

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.]

Major Constituents

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.]

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.]

Shelf Life

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