Douglas Fir and the Art of Self Preservation

With a lifespan of up to 1,000 years and the ability to withstand forest fires, I had to wonder,  how does this mighty evergreen preserve itself so well?  Supernaturally giant, it is the second largest conifer on earth and it is no wonder that in the Pacific Northwest,  Douglas Fir  is considered by many to be a mighty symbol of honor and strength.
 The more I learned about this oil, the more interested I became.  Boasting a complex chemistry and  a unique ability to deliver the benefits of wood and citrus, this oil was bound to be a power player in my oil line up. Douglas Fir has a very high concentration of monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are typically found in woodsy oils such as Frankincense and Cypress. Interestingly, Douglas Fir also contains beta Pinene which is a top constituent in lemon and lime.
 Citrus notes lend to the renewing and uplifting character of Douglas Fir oil.  Some of the main Properties:
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Expectorant
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Astringent
Some of the main uses of this oil include:
  • Cellulite reduction
  • Mental clarity
  • Anti-depressant
  • Facilitates an air of communication
  • Supports longevity and preservation
  • Needles from the tree hold their vitamin c content long after harvested
To relieve feelings of exhaustion, fear, anger and confusion diffuse the following:
  • 3 drops of Doug
  • 3 drops of bergamot
  • 3 drops of wild orange
For deep sleep and respiratory support try this:
  • Add 4-6 drops of Doug to a warm, steamy bath and inhale deeply
  • Add  2 drops of Doug to a hot mug of water and inhale several times, for added benefit, fill your sink with hot water and a few drops of Doug. Drape a towel over your head and enjoy a facial steam treatment.
For sore, tired and achy muscles try a rub with :
  • 2 drops of Doug and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil
  • Massage directly onto affected area
For more information on Douglas Fir join me on pinterest and instagram @parksideesti or visit my website http://www.mydoterra.com/parksideesthetics

 

 

 

 

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