Douglas Fir for What Ails You In Winter

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas Fir forest

A lessen-known conifer is Pseudotsuga menziesii, or Douglas Fir. It isn’t a true fir, instead being a member of the pine family, but it is a common Christmas tree variety. As an essential oil, Douglas Fir is welcome at the holidays and for months after.

Winter and Douglas Fir go hand in hand. For starters, Doug Fir (as I like to call it) is very useful during common colds and other respiratory tract ailments. It is antiseptic and disinfectant to kill the germs of a cold or flu, while at the same time it clears respiratory passages to aid breathing. When used in an inhaler or chest rub with other essential oils for respiration, such as eucalyptus, it can ease the discomfort of the cold season.

The scents of many evergreens are both energizing and relaxing, and Doug Fir is a very beneficial essential oil for promoting a sunny sense of wellbeing. It relieves the Winter Blues because it calms and uplifts the spirit. It is specific for Seasonal Affective Disorder due to its antidepressant and anxiety-relieving properties. The oil can help curtail apathy and promote relaxation, especially when combined with a few drops of lavender and grapefruit essential oils.

If you like to create your own home remedies, then try this balm. It can be used as a chest rub to clear the lungs, on muscles to ease aches, or as a grounding perfume.

Evergreen Salve
2 TBS carrier oil
1/4 tsp grated beeswax
8 drops Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) essential oil
6 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil
Pour carrier oil into the top bowl of double boiler over medium heat. Let it warm up, then add beeswax. When the beeswax has melted, remove from heat and stir to combine. Pour into containers. Cool before capping and storing in a cool place.