O Christmas Tree…

 

20161120_121454-1My favorite childhood memories of Christmas are baking cookies with my mom and going trekking through the bush with my family to get our Christmas tree. Decorated Fir trees have been used for over a thousand years to celebrate both Pagan and Christian winter holidays. The Ancient Romans decorated trees for their Saturnalia celebrations and German Christians started bringing evergreen trees into their homes in the 16th century to celebrate their everlasting life with God. Many early Christmas trees were hung upside down from the ceiling of their homes, which is interesting because I saw the same thing in a decorating magazine a few years ago  (What’s old is new again, I guess)

Douglas fir is one of the most common Christmas trees. (It isn’t actually a fir tree, it is considered to be a Spruce tree). Its Latin name is Pseudotsuga douglasii. In 1825 Scottish Botanist David Douglas travelled to the USA for the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1827 he made his way to Hudson Bay where he discovered close to 50 different varieties of plant material and including the Douglas-Fir (which was named in his honor). Most of the Douglas Fir essential oil is produced in France and other varieties are grown in USA, Slovenia, and Russia.

Research has shown that Douglas Fir is useful for:

  • it’s antiseptic properties (Good to diffuse or use in a room spray during cold and flu season.
  • for stress and stress-related issues. (Versatile because it can be revitalizing but calming at the same time)

Spiritually Douglas fir is a grounding essential oil that just plain makes you feel good. It is said to be good for the Heart and Solar Plexus Chakra, as it is calming and also uplifting.
My “Evergreen” Diffuser Blend is a grounding blend that reminds me Christmas and helps me to find a moment of calm in my busy day where I can re-focus my energies. To look forward to the upcoming holiday season and to appreciate the small gifts that are there, if you take a moment to look for them.

I wish you many small moments of Joy & a Blessed, Aromatic Holiday Season…

  • Douglas-fir essential oil shouldn’t be used if you are pregnant.
  • It may cause skin irritation, so always dilute it with a carrier oil before topical use.

    My Blog is for information only & is not intended to replace Medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted for topical use.

References:
http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml
http://www.christmas-tree.com/where.html
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/douglas-fir-essentialoil/profile
http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/library/documents/treebook/douglasfir.htm
http://www.snowlotus.org/conifer-oils.aspx

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/170153/David-Douglas

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