Common Name: Fir (Silver)
Latin Binomial: Abies alba
Other Common Names: white fir, silver spruce, templin
Production Method: steam distilled
Countries of Origin: Austria
Description of Oil: Fir oil is colorless to pale yellow with a rich balsamic, sweet and pleasant coniferous fragrance.
Description of Plant: A relatively small coniferous tree with leathery, herring-bone branches bearing cones.
History, Folklore and Myth: Used by North American Indians for medicinal and religious purposes. Mainly used for respiratory complaints, fever, muscular and rheumatic pain.
Properties and Uses: analgesic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, restorative
Precautions and Contraindications: May irritate sensitive skin
Other Interesting Information: The resin from the tree called “Strasburg turpentine” is used in perfumery, medicine and for caulking ships. The residue, known as ‘rosin oil’, is used in making varnishes, lacquers and carbon black. The resin is tapped from 60-80 year old trees.