Hidden Secrets of Siberian Fir Oil & the Siberian Fir Plant

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Siberian Fir

Botanical name (Latin): Abies sibirica
Plant family: Pinaceae
Aroma profile: Siberian Fir Essential Oil smells beautifully coniferous, woody, clean and crisp.
Perfumery note: Top
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin
: Russia
Growing habit: Grows to 100 ft. Needles are thick and long.
Parts used: Needles and Twigs

Benefits of Siberian Fir Essential Oil

Siberian Fir Essential Oil tends to be less stimulating than most other commonly available conifer oils. It contains approximately 30% Bornyl acetate, an ester that contributes to the oil's calming, balancing and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Fir essential oil prevents infection by combating different strains of bacteria. The component’s alpha pinene, limonene, camphene, and myrcene give the oil its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Fir essential oil prevents infection by combating different strains of bacteria. The component’s alpha pinene, limonene, camphene, and myrcene give the oil its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Siberian fir oil’s anti-inflammatory property works well on sore throats and inflammation of the bronchial area. It also helps in expelling excessive mucus from the respiratory system. It relieves the symptoms of colds and flu and helps speed up recovery.

Siberian fir oil’s ability to clear the airways is very useful for people suffering from colds or have troubles with allergies. It also promotes sinus health, which can minimize symptoms of cold and flu.

History of Siberian Fir Essential Oil

Firs are evergreen coniferous trees with a flat needle-like leaves and upright cones. They are an excellent source of timber and resin. Fir belongs to the family Pinaceae which is mostly found in North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa. There are about 40 species of the genus Abies which can grow up to 50 meters in height.

Siberian fir is native to Eastern Russia Turkestan, Mongolia, and China as it prefers cool and moist climate. It can grow up to a height of 30 meters. Their leaves are light green, soft, and flat and release an aromatic scent.

The Siberian fir essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of this coniferous plant. It has a fresh balsamic, sweet undertone with a crisp, pine top note. The principal components of the oil are bornyl acetate, camphene, 3-carene, tricyclene, dsl-limonene, α-pinene, caryophyllene, β-phellandrene, borneol, and α-terpinene. These components are also found in other coniferous essential oils but what sets the Siberian fir apart from others is the concentration of these components.

The bornyl acetate component found in Siberian fir is twice the amount compared to white firs. Bornyl acetate is an analgesic. It provides the oil it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Siberian fir essential oil is also richer in alpha pinene, a compound that is used to treat various respiratory illnesses.

In ancient Egypt, fir oil was valued for its ability to promote healthy hair and scalp. Fir oil was used to improve the growth of hair and keep the scalp healthy and free from infections.

Native Americans use the fir leaves that they put under their pillows to promote peaceful sleep. They also burn leaves and stems to alleviate the pain that women experience after giving birth.

Its shoot and oil for medicine. It was used to treat respiratory problems such as cold, coughs, bronchitis, and tuberculosis.

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