Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Fragrant and refreshing, Douglas Fir essential oil cleanses the air and promotes feelings of clear airways. Douglas Fir smells distinctly coniferous, yet lemony, and blends well with a variety of different kinds of essential oils, giving it a valuable versatility.
Douglas firs are familiar to many people, as they are frequently used for Christmas trees, but these conifers offer many benefits beyond holiday cheer. The unique chemical profile of Douglas Fir essential oil makes it stand out among other fir oils.
The chemical constituents of Douglas Fir essential oil include sabinene and delta-3-carene, which are cleansing and purifying, and alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, and terpinolene, which are calming to the mind and promote uplifted feelings. Sabinene and alpha-pinene are also soothing to the skin. Delta-3-carene and alpha-pinene both help promote easy breathing.
Diffusing Douglas Fir essential oil purifies the air while simultaneously promoting clear airways. It can also be used to purify and cleanse the skin. These same cleansing properties of Douglas Fir essential oil can be accessed in the home as part of a safe and natural cleaning regimen.
Refreshing and uplifting, the scent of Douglas Fir combines well with many other oils. It calms feelings of anxiousness and supports relaxation, but it can also be used to enhance focus and positivity. Combine Douglas Fir with citrus oils for a blend that is uplifting and invigorating. Combine it with spicy oils like Cinnamon or Clove to create a warm blend. Pair it with a mint oil like Spearmint for a clean, sweet, refreshing smell. Blend with soothing oils like Roman Chamomile and Lavender for a relaxing experience and to enhance its calming effects.
The Douglas fir is native to North America, but doTERRA sources the essential oil in New Zealand where the tree is considered an invasive species. By harvesting the trees when they are young—5 to 7 years old—it prevents the trees from getting to an age where they produce cones, which would exacerbate the problem further. The essential oil from these young trees is also uniquely potent and refreshing. Partnering with New Zealand in their country’s environmental preservation efforts provides a beautiful essential oil from what otherwise would have been a waste product.