A simple aromatic, Fir is highly prized. It may be used in a diffuser or candle lamp. It is considered to be 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.
Caution: To minimize contact sensitivity, always use a carrier oil when applying Fir Needle oil to the skin.
Avoid direct sunlight following the use of Fir Needle oil on the skin. Fir oil is also indicated as an analgesic, and can be diluted in a carrier oil for massage in cases of arthritis, muscular aches and pains, and rheumatism. It has been included in some cough and cold remedies, and may act as an expectorant - the essential oil has been researched for its ability to kill airborne germs and bacteria.
This is a wonderful Balsam Fir, the best we've ever used which seems to be the case for the oils here at Appalachian Valley in our experience. It has a relaxing and calming woodsy scent, not overpowering. I found that it blends well with lemon, rosemary, orange and pine. There are so many benefits to Balsam Fir that it's difficult to remember them all, definitely a go-to oil for us. It has a high concentration of antiseptic organic compounds that help to stimulate the immune system and known for preventing infections so it's a staple in our bathroom cabinet, especially throughout the winter months. We use it to reduce pain, to stimulate our immune system when we feel something coming on, and if we've procrastinated using it and end up getting sick that would be my husband, it helps to flush toxins and increases the rate of healing and recovery. It aids with all types of healing including overused muscles or underused muscles that are finally used. We use it for the prevention of upper respiratory conditions in a diffuser. It's very rare we get sick anymore but if it feels as though a cold is coming on, 2-3 drops in a bath or in a carrier oil to rub on the chest and throat can knock it quickly. It's also great for insomnia.