Fir

Botanical name: Abies alba and other Abies species.

Herb Info / Uses


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Botanical name: Abies alba and other Abies species.

Extraction method: Steam distilled from leaves and twigs.

Description: A small tree that occurs naturally in a number of northern hemisphere countries which has a number of commercial uses including Christmas trees. The fir pine exudes a resin which has traditionally been used for medicinal and religious purposes.

Actions: Analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, deodorant, rubefacient and stimulant.

Common uses: Fir oil is used topically in the form of massage oils, compresses, ointments and bath oils. It is useful in the relief of muscular and joint pain and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system. It is used in aftershaves perfumes and colognes and as an inhalation it is recommended for catarrh illnesses of the upper and lower respiratory tract.

Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising although it is reported that it can cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. Fir oil is contraindicated for bronchial asthma and whooping cough as it increases bronchial spasm.