Though they may look the same, not all pine trees are equal. Such is the case with the Siberian Fir tree (also known as Abies Sibirica). To the Sumerians, whose civilization was a precursor to the modern world yet remains clouded in mystery, the Siberian Fir was a sacred tree. It was viewed as a symbol of power, grandeur and immortality. This is confirmed by writing on clay tablets from about 7,000 years ago.
The reason ancient cultures valued this pine so highly was due to its medicinal and therapeutic properties. Sumerians would make broths, compresses and primitive Band-Aids with the oils and saps from this tree. The anti-bacterial and fungal properties of the Siberian Fir are amazing. In fact, in forests where this tree grows, the air is basically completely free of microbial pathogens.
Siberian Fir Essential Oil Health Benefits
Essential oils made from the Siberian Fir tree are used to treat conditions and infections in the respiratory tract, vaginal and uterus inflammation, increasing tonality of blood vessel structures and even disorders associated with hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It can also be used for muscular/joint pain and tension due to stress. It can also be used to overcome insomnia and nervousness. Further, a recent study in France indicates that this oil has anti-tumor properties. In the study, Siberian fir oil and alpha-humulene induced a dose- and time-dependent decrease in cellular glutathione (GSH) content and increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. This suggests that GSH depletion and ROS production may be implicated in the cytotoxicity of alpha-humulene and fir oil.
Siberian Fir Essential oil also:
- Deals with arthritis pain
- Helps with bronchitis
- Fights cold symptoms
- Cures coughs
- Combats flu symptoms
- Heals muscle aches
- Reduces fatigue
- Prevents infections
- Lowers pain
- Improves bone health
- Boosts respiratory function
- Increases metabolism
- Detoxifies the body
- Eliminates body odor
How to use Siberian Fir Essential oil:
Generally, this essential oil can be defused and used in aromatherapy, or applied directly to the body (using a carrier oil such as coconut or Jojoba oil). It combines well with other essential oils such as lavender, citrus oils and rosemary.
For respiratory disorders: Defuse 5-10 drops of the oil inhaling deeply (you can boil a pot of water, add the drops and breathe the steam if you don’t have a defuser). Also, rub on your chest a mixture of 5-10 drops with a carrier oil
For Vaginal or uteral disorders: take a bath with warm water and 5-10 drops of Siberian Fir oil. Continue the treatment for up to 10 days.
For Hemorrhoids: Add 5-10 drops of Siberian Fir essential oil to a pad or tampon and apply to the exposed hemorrhoid
For Sore Muscles and Joints: Add 5-10 drops to a cotton pad or cloth that has been dampened with warm water. Apply to the sore muscle or joint for 20 minutes. This works for broken or fractured bones as well. You can also mix 5 drops of Siberian Fir oil with 3 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of Eucalyptus for muscle pain.
As always, test this oil on a small part of your skin before using over your entire body as in rare cases allergic reactions can occur. Also, pregnant women should consult their physician before beginning any therapeutic treatment.