From Christmas trees to telephone poles to a refreshing essential oil, Douglas Fir has a wide variety of uses and benefits. This bristly conifer tree is filled with revitalizing compounds that can purify the skin and help maintain a sense of focus. When used aromatically or topically, its fresh green aroma reflects the tranquility of its native New Zealand forests, creating calm feelings and encouraging an uplifted mood. The unique chemical composition of Douglas Fir essential oil can also promote feelings of open airways and easy breathing.
Douglas Fir is one of those oils that you will want to keep on hand because it increases focus, uplifts mood, promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing, and freshens the air.
Diffuse this blend to relax, enhance focus, and clear the senses:
- 4 drops dōTERRA Balance®
- 3 drops Douglas Fir
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- 1 drop Siberian Fir
Douglas Fir can be utilized both Aromatically and Topically:
- Directly inhale or diffuse alone or with other essential oils to freshen the air, uplift mood, and promote a sense of focus.
- Diffuse 2–3 drops Douglas Fir with 2–3 drops Eucalyptus, or rub into hands and inhale deeply to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.
- Add 1 drop to facial cleanser, bar soap, or body wash for added cleansing benefits and an invigorating aroma.
- Combine with 1–2 drops of Wintergreen for a relaxing massage experience.
The purposes behind the doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative are varied. From ensuring the highest quality essential oil to facilitating humanitarian efforts with communities where our oils are sourced, each “co-impact sourced” oil presents a unique opportunity to have an impact on the world. In the case of Douglas Fir, one of the most unique benefits is the positive impact the sourcing of this oil has on New Zealand’s environment.
“With this Douglas Fir essential oil,” says Tim Valentiner, Director of Strategic Sourcing, “we have been able to create with our partners a truly unique essential oil that provides tremendously positive environmental impacts for New Zealand’s biodiverse landscape, highlighting the environmental responsibility objectives of Co-Impact Sourcing.”
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is an evergreen conifer species native to western North America that has been used primarily in the lumber industry. However, in New Zealand, Douglas Fir has been categorized by the government as an invasive species. It was planted originally for the lumber industry, and from there it bred very rapidly and uncontrollably into areas where it wasn’t intended to grow. The trees grow 25 times faster in New Zealand than in North America, and the dense root systems push out all or many of the native species of plants, making it nearly impossible for anything else to grow. Douglas Fir trees, which are known as “wilding conifers” in New Zealand, are also self-seeding. This means that they produce seeds that fall to the ground and replant themselves in that location. These seeds germinate then begin to sprout and grow at the start of the growing season. By the end of the season, new seeds are produced and begin the cycle over again. This, coupled with the rate of growth in New Zealand, is the cause behind the “wilding conifer” problem with Douglas Fir.
To help alleviate the environmental impacts of this wilding problem, doTERRA established an exclusive sourcing partnership with a small-scale company. This company works through government and other programs for the harvesting of these invasive Douglas Fir trees for raw materials, and then distills them into an invigorating and truly unique essential oil. Choosing to source Douglas Fir oil from New Zealand provides doTERRA with an opportunity to participate in a project that is very socially innovative and environmentally responsible—literally turning a problem or pest into a beautiful, sustainable product.
“We are reducing the problem, we are having a great ecological impact, and, in return, we get this beautiful essential oil.” –Dr. David K. Hill
Watch this short video to learn more about how Douglas Fir is Sourced.
DIY: Holiday Room Spray
This room spray smells INCREDIBLE. At first there's a top note of Grapefruit, mingled with just a hint of Frankincense. The Douglas Fir lends an apple-yness, and after being in the air for a little while the Grapefruit fades to a faint sparkle to reveal a heartier base note of apple, pine, and a spicy, earthy resin from the Frankincense. You can't help, but be in a good mood when you've got this magic in the air.
- Grab your Frankincense, Douglas Fir, and Grapefruit essential oil.
- In glass spray bottle add water, 15 drops each of Frankincense and Grapefruit, and 30 drops of Douglas Fir.
- Shake the bottle of spray.
- Put on a jolly holiday song and spritz the room to the beat of merriment! (We may have gone gallavanting around the office squirting everyone's cubicles when we discovered this combo!)
I love using Douglas Fir regularly and use it before I put on my deodorant! It really does smell like Christmastime and has such a fresh and invigorating (yet warming) aroma! Is this an oil you think you will add to your arsenal? I can't wait to hear how to plan to use it!