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Fir Needles: Canada
Botanical Name: Abies balsamea
Of Interest: Silver fir was the first species used for the Christmas tree, but has since been replaced by Douglas and Noble firs.
Properties: Analgesic, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, deodorant, expectorant, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, Fir oil has been noted to have the following properties: analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anticatarrahal, and stimulant.
Benefits: Its overall action is considered stimulating, and can be used to bring alertness to the mind, or diluted and applied topically to the adrenal areas or the body in general it may help general fatigue. It is used for arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, burns, colds, cough, cuts, flu, hemorrhoids, muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, sinusitis, sore throat, wounds. Fir needle can be added to a massage oil or cream for sore muscles. This takes advantage of the analgesic property of the oil. The same oil or cream may be rubbed on the chest to ease coughs or asthma
Traditional Use: Fir needle has mainly been used for respiratory complaints such as coughs and bronchitis, and as a disinfectant.
Parts Used: Needles
Color: Clear with a tinge of yellow
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma Description:ÿ Fresh, green, soft balsamic
Aroma Strength: Medium
Blends Well With: Benzoin, cistus, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, pine, rosemary
Safety Data: May cause skin irritation Use well diluted.