Fir Tree Uses
Tree Healing Therapy
Botanical name Abies spp / Family Pinaceae
Description Native to the mountains of Europe, the silver fir (Abies alba) is known as the ideal Yule tree, with its conical narrow crown, balanced level branches with upturned tips, with red-brown ovate buds. In spring, resin is tapped from silver fir trees aged 60-80 years old and used in oil distillation
History, mystery and spiritual healing
Silver fir is the species first chosen as the tree for merry-making at Christmas, the Christianized version of the pagan winter- solstice celebration. The Bremen Guild Chronicle of 1570 reports how a small fir erected in the guild house was decorated with apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers for the benefit of the guild members' children, who collected the dainties on Christmas Day. By the early 19th century, the custom of decorating a tree became popular among the nobility and spread to royal courts as far as Russia.
Healing In folk medicine the needles and/or resin are used to treat bronchitis, cystitis, leucorrhoea, ulcers and flatulent colic.
The bark is antiseptic and astringent. The buds are antibiotic, antiseptic and balsamic. The resin is antiseptic, balsamic, diuretic, eupeptic, expectorant, a vasoconstrictor and vulnerary. Either used as an inhalant or taken internally, both needles and resin are common ingredients in remedies for coughs and colds. The resin is also used externally in bath extracts, rubbing oils and so on, to treat rheumatic pains and neuralgia. The externally applied rubefacient oil of turpentine is occasionally used instead of leaves or resin for neuralgia, and is employed in medicine and veterinary work for sprains and bruises.
Silver Fir's essential oil is a thin, clear liquid tinged with yellow, which has a fresh, sweet, fruity-earthy, woody scent, with a delightfully balanced green incense-resinous bouquet, striking a harmonious, grounding chord upon which the delicate fir tree topnote rests. It is used in perfumery, and its buds' and scent in Baleneotherapy and in aromatherapy for arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism and sinusitis.
Cautions In high concentration, fir may cause skin irritation.