Fir Needle Essential Oil from Austria
Fir Needle Essential Oil from Austria

Fir Needle Essential Oil from Austria

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Fir Needle Essential Oil from Austria

Batch: NA2023001B

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Other common names: Silver fir, European silver fir

Botanical name: Abies alba

Botanical family: Pinaceae

Method of extraction: steam distillation

Plant part used to extract the oil: needles and brunches

Cultivation method: Wild 

Area of origin: Austria

Historical notes:

Indigenous to Europe, silver fir trees are native to the mountains of Europe, from the Pyrenees north to Normandy, east to the Alps and the Carpathians, through Balkans, and south to Italy, and northern Greece. It is also commonly grown on Christmas tree plantations in the North East region of North America.

In Greek mythology, fir tree trunks have been used to crash Caeneus (Καινεύς), an invincible warrior, hero of Thessaly. According to Homer’s ‘Illiad’ (8th century BC), Caeneus was originally a woman named Caenis who was transformed into a man by the sea-god Poseidon.

Biochemical group: Monoterpene

Main chemical compounds: limonene, bornyl acetate, β-pinene, δ-3-carene, camphene, α-pinene, α-terpinyl acetate, α-copaene, β-phellandrene, β-himachalene, β-myrcene, dodecanal, α-himachalene, others

Colour: clear with a hint of yellow

Consistency: thin

Aroma strength: medium

Perfumery note: top / middle

Aroma: fresh, woody, coniferous, piney, green, earthy, slightly sweet Traditional aromatherapy uses:

  • Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments fir needle essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-viral, decongestant, deodorant, energizing, expectorant,immune support, insecticidal, mucolytic,rubefacient, strengthening, stimulant, tonic


  • Qualified aromatherapists may use silver fir needle essential oil for common complaints such as:


  • respiratory conditions: catarrh, sinusitis, bronchitis, colds and flu, dry cough
  • skeletomuscular problems: muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, arthritis
  • nervous system: anxiety, depression, fatigue, neurasthenia, stress, tension, SAD
  • emotional uses: fatigue and apathy
  • others: mosquito repellent, others


  • How we use it:

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

  • We love it vaporised with our black pine or pine needles essential oil or cypress essential oil for relief of cough. It can be used for catarrh or sinusitis blended with essential oils such as our peppermint or tea tree in a personal inhaler too.
  • To sooththese pesky muscular aches and pains – blend a few drops of our fir needle essential oil with a couple of drops of ginger and/or rosemary. Remember to dilute well in some fixed (carrier) oil for a lovely massage oil.
  • For fatigue, stress and tension, as a nervous ‘restorative’ we diffuse it blended with bergamot and/or lemon, and a drop of coriander seed. It can be tried with out lavender essential oil too.

Safety considerations:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special hazards when using silver fir needle Essential Oil, however they warn that oxidised oil should be avoided as it may cause skin sensitization. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), p.285]

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

Research and studies:

  • Radical Scavenging Activity of the Essential Oil of Silver Fir (Abies alba)




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