O Christmas Tree…
First posted Dec 20, 2014
My 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. An interesting fact about Douglas Fir is that in 1825 Scottish Botanist David Douglas traveled to the USA for the Royal Horticultural Society. While there he traveled to California, Oregon and up into British Columbia where finally made his way to Hudson Bay in 1827. He discovered close to 50 different varieties of plant material and among them was the species that was later named for him, the Douglas-Fir. He introduced the species to England. Most of the Douglas Fir essential oil that I have found is produced in France and there are other varieties that are from the 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.
- diffusing into your room for sinusitis, a chest cold or a cough.
- 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. As soon as I opened the bottle I knew that this was the oil that I had been looking for.
My “Evergreen” Diffuser Blend is a grounding blend that is made from the conifer oils – Spruce-Hemlock, Scotch Pine, and Douglas Fir. It’s the blend that reminds me of everything Christmas. It also 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.