The fresh, pine-like aroma of Siberian Fir is used to soothe feelings of anxiousness, combat daily stress, and ease muscle soreness. The oil is steam distilled from a fragrant evergreen tree that thrives in the remote forests of Siberia.
What Is Siberian Fir Oil Used For?
Like a stroll through a mountain forest, Siberian Fir essential oil promotes relaxation and eases the symptoms of stress. The scent of this oil helps calm the nerves and soothe anxious feelings. Siberian Fir is a good oil to use during times of change or upheaval.
Siberian Fir essential oil has a unique chemical composition that is predominately bornyl acetate, which provides a majority of the calming benefits of this essential oil. Inhaling bornyl acetate may promote relaxation and reduce stimulation during stressful situations.
What Else Is Siberian Fir Oil Good For?
When diffused, Siberian Fir can help promote feelings of easy breathing, while calming the emotions and providing a grounding effect. Siberian Fir is also used in aromatherapy to help overcome feelings of self-doubt and encourage confidence. Any time you are working through difficult circumstances at home, work, or school, diffuse Siberian Fir to help reduce stress. Inhale deeply to experience the refreshing aroma.
In addition to its emotional benefits, Siberian Fir can be soothing to the body when used in a massage. After strenuous activity, dilute Siberian Fir essential oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into legs and back for soothing comfort. Applied topically, Siberian Fir essential oil can also help soothe minor skin irritations.
Siberian Fir essential oil is obtained from the needles and twigs of Abies Sibirica, a conifer native to northern regions of Russia. Many Siberian Fir trees live over a hundred years, despite intensely cold temperatures of below -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chemical Dominance and Diversity
Fir tree oils are a great example of the difference between chemical diversity and chemical dominance. Chemical diversity refers to the different compounds present in an oil. Because all of the fir tree oils are mainly composed of the same nine compounds, they share the same diversity of chemical constituents. However, there are only three dominant constituents in each oil. The chemical dominance—the compounds found at the highest concentrations—of each fir tree oil is completely distinct from the other two offered by doTERRA. For example, Siberian Fir essential oil contains high concentrations of bornyl acetate, camphene, and alpha-pinene. On the other hand, Douglas Fir is primarily composed of beta-pinene, sabinene, and terpinolene, while White Fir mostly consists of bornyl acetate, alpha-pinene, and limonene.
Because of the difference in dominance, the three fir oils smell very different. Douglas Fir has a bright, almost citrusy smell with fewer of the deep pine notes. White Fir is light, airy, and piney without being sharp. Siberian Fir is intensely pine with some sharpness.
Benefits and Uses
Because of the similarity in chemical diversity, the fir oils have similar benefits. However, differences in chemical dominance mean that each oil is specialized for a particular form of use. Take Siberian Fir, for instance, with its primary compounds being bornyl acetate, camphene, and alpha-pinene. Camphene is known for having properties that help promote clear healthy breathing.1 Bornyl acetate affects the pigment of the skin.2 Daily topical application of essential oils high in bornyl acetate may actually help lighten the skin tone.2Alpha-pinene is calming and relaxing, and it exerts its effects by acting on GABA receptors*.3
Due to its chemical composition, Siberian Fir has many potential uses:
Siberian Fir to Replace White Fir
With the new announcement that doTERRA will no longer be offering White Fir oil, it is comforting to know that Siberian Fir is actually an upgrade from White Fir. GC-MS analysis shows that all of the main chemical constituents of White Fir are also present in Siberian Fir, and in even greater concentrations, with one exception: limonene. While White Fir oil contained fair amounts of limonene, it is important to realize that the benefits of limonene are not lost with the loss of White Fir. Limonene is found in much higher concentrations in the citrus oils. In fact, it turns out that a 2:1 blend of Siberian Fir to a citrus oil, especially Lemon or Lime, has chemical makeup nearly identical to White Fir oil. Unlike White Fir, Siberian Fir can be used internally.
In summary, Siberian Fir is a powerful new oil with many uses and experimentally-supported benefits. It is chemically superior to its predecessor White Fir, and it is also more useful because it can be used internally. We are confident that you will love this new oil.
Essential Oil Spotlight
The Siberian fir tree is a tall, light in color, conifer tree native to Russia and Canada. Siberian Fir essential oil has a refreshing, woody scent that is known for its calming and relaxing aroma. Siberian Fir has a unique chemical composition that is predominately bornyl acetate, which provides a majority of the benefits of this essential oil. Siberian Fir can be very soothing to the skin, making it an ideal essential oil to add to a comforting massage.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, andsensitive areas. May stain surfaces and fabrics.
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