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Douglas Fir Oil Uses and Benefits

Douglas Fir Oil Product Description

Sourced from evergreen fir trees in New Zealand, Douglas Fir essential oil possesses a unique chemical composition that gives it an uplifting, refreshing fragrance. The high amounts of B-pinene and a-pinene in the chemical makeup of Douglas Fir essential oil give it effective cleansing properties when used on surfaces and the skin alike. Whether used in cleaning, skincare, or diffused into the air, Douglas Fir essential oil invites a fresh, woody aroma that is reminiscent of the great outdoors. Along with its inviting, refreshing scent, Douglas Fir oil can help maintain the appearance of healthy-looking skin when applied topically.

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How Do I Use Douglas Fir Oil?

  1. Daily Skincare Routine: Due to its chemical makeup, Douglas Fir essential oil is useful and effective for topically cleansing skin and promoting a healthy-looking complexion. To enjoy the benefits of Douglas Fir oil for your skin, add a drop to your daily facial cleanser or facial moisturizer to help cleanse and soothe the skin.
  2. Soothing Lotion: Another way to utilize the skincare benefits of Douglas Fir oil is to add two drops to the unscented hand and body lotion of your choice (we like dōTERRA® SPA Hand & Body Lotion!) for a moisturizing experience that offers skin-soothing benefits and an uplifting, woodsy aroma.
  3. Massage: For an invigorating aroma and cooling topical sensation on the skin, enhance your next massage experience by combining one or two drops of Douglas Fir essential oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil and rubbing into desired areas.
  4. Aromatic Shower Experience: Bring a stimulating aroma into your daily hygiene routine by adding a few drops of Douglas Fir essential oil to your favourite body washes and soaps. Before you get in the shower, add a drop or two of Douglas Fir oil to your bar soap or body wash to experience added cleansing benefits with a refreshing and clean scent.
  5. Room Spray: The fresh, piney aroma of Douglas Fir essential oil makes it especially useful around the holidays. You can create your own DIY Holiday Room Spray and include Douglas Fir oil as the pine tree essential oil to invite the scent of the season into your home.
  6. Diffusion: Diffusing the aroma of Douglas Fir essential oil is an excellent way to freshen the air and bring an uplifting atmosphere into any room. Or, for a positive and energizing aromatic diffuser blend, combine two to three drops of Douglas Fir essential oil and two drops of Lemon oil or Bergamot oil in your diffuser.

How Is Douglas Fir Sourced?

Though the Douglas Fir tree is native to North America, it was brought to New Zealand for the lumber industry and has since become an invasive and aggressive species, where it threatens the surrounding New Zealand landscape. Due to the local climate and other environmental factors, the Douglas Fir tree grows 25 times faster in New Zealand than it can in North America, making their numbers difficult to contain. The roots of the Douglas Fir tree cause the ground around the trees to become barren, making it difficult or impossible for other native New Zealand plants to grow.

Through a responsible sourcing partnership, doTERRA is able to keep these trees from going to waste—making good use of an otherwise invasive species. Working closely with the New Zealand government, doTERRA has provided an environmentally friendly solution to a very serious problem by harvesting Douglas Fir trees for the use of creating our prized Douglas Fir essential oil.

Fun Fact

The Douglas Fir tree gets its name from David Douglas, a famous Scottish botanist. However, the tree’s scientific name, Pseudotsuga menziesii, was named after Archibald Menzies, one of Douglas’ rival botanists.

What Is Douglas Fir Oil?

Native to North America, the coniferous Douglas Fir tree is a large, sturdy species with the potential to grow over 30 meters tall. Douglas Firs are characterized by their green fir needles and are known for their distinct aroma. While Douglas Fir is a commonplace species in North America, it has become an invasive species in New Zealand, where its needles and branches are harvested and processed through steam distillation to produce Douglas Fir essential oil.

What Essential Oils Blend Well with Douglas Fir Oil?

Because of its unique chemistry, Douglas Fir oil blends well with citrus, wood, and spice essential oils. Try blending with Bergamot oil, Wild Orange oil, Grapefruit oil, Cedarwood oil, Frankincense oil, Cassia oil, or Clove Bud oil for diffusion.


For external use only. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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