16 December 2021 / Caitlin Devlin
Fir Needle Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
The world's most popular Christmas tree yields a healing, highly protective oil.
Cleansing, stimulating fir is useful for far more than being decorated for Christmas.
Extracted from fir needles and harvested all over the world, fir needle essential oil is a powerful natural product. Used by the Native Americans to promote sleep and the Ancient Egyptians to cleanse the scalp, it is now most commonly used to accelerate healing and fight against infection. Its aromatic scent is reminiscent of cold weather and wintery forests, but this oil is useful all year round.
Fir needle essential oil fights infections.
Fir needle displays powerful antiseptic abilities. A study in 2006 found that fir needle was effective against staph infections thanks to three constituents in particular: alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, and alpha-humulene. These components, along with others, allow the oil to combat many different microorganisms, as shown in a 2015 review which concluded that the oil had a notably strong antimicrobial effect.
Due to these properties, fir needle makes a fantastic addition to natural cleaning sprays and can be combined with water to add an extra sparkle to floors and surfaces.
It can speed up the healing process.
Fir needle oil is said to be excellent for swift healing and pain relief, especially when it comes to muscle ache. A stimulating oil, it brings blood to the surface of the skin and increases the rate of healing, speeding up the recovery process and lessening the length of suffering. This can help to relieve symptoms of pain and improve day to day functioning. Diluting the oil with a carrier oil and massaging in to skin can help to achieve these effects.
It can relieve coughs and sore throats.
Although fir needle has applications in every season, one of its benefits is particularly useful in the winter months. A study in 2009 found that the oil was an effective treatment for respiratory conditions, such as lingering coughs or sore throats. It is thought that this is because it helps to loosen mucus, allowing it to be expelled and clearing airways. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the throat and bronchial tubes, which helps to ease discomfort and pain. Fir needle may be particularly useful towards the end of a cold or the flu as it may help shake lingering symptoms.
It’s a natural deodorant.
Fir needle has a fresh, aromatic scent that helps to mask unpleasant odours, both in the home and on the body. Its antibacterial effects also help it to neutralise bacteria that might result in foul body odour. Diluting fir needle with a carrier oil and dabbing it under the armpits or on the neck can help you to smell fresh all day.
Fir needle may be most famous for lighting up our living rooms during the festive season, but its more than just a pretty face. Its protective, healing abilities help us to feel our best in every season, which makes fir needle essential oil a pretty good gift to put under the tree.
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