This Or That? White Fir, Fir Needle and Fir Balsam

December 18, 2016

Imagine standing in an open forest, letting the fresh air cleanse your lungs. At Christmastime, we bring that majestic beauty into our homes. The tree’s forestry aroma defines the holidays. At Edens Garden, we offer three different varieties of fir essential oil: Fir Balsam, Fir Needle and White Fir. Before deciding which essential oil to use, consider the differences.

Although White Fir, Fir Balsam and Fir Needle have striking similarities, their aromas vary. Fir Balsam has a mild, grassy and well-rounded aroma. It has a slightly tart notes to it as well. When looking for a more woodier aroma, White Fir is the obvious choice. It is reminiscent of pencil shavings with peppery and dry notes. Fir Needle is probably the closest aroma to what many associate with the tree. True to its name, Fir Needle has round, foresty notes layered in a fresh aroma.
Extraction Method
Through steam distillation, all three fir essential oils are extracted. Originating in Austria, White Fir essential oil is extracted from the needles. In Canada, Fir Balsam essential oil is captured from the needles and twigs. Fir Needle essential oil originates from Russia and is also extracted from the needles.

After a tiring day, a little relaxation is typically in order. To soothe tired muscles, use White Fir essential oil. It may also help clear the lungs to inspire easy breathing. Fir Needle is powerful against infection while fighting fatigue and cold symptoms. A wonderful decongestant, Fir Balsam may help gently uplifts sullen emotions.


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Andrea! In the aromatherapy world, Abies alba and Abies concolor are both referred to as White Fir. However, you are correct in that Abies alba is more commonly referred to as Silver Fir.

    On February 13, 2017

  • Andrea says...

    Silver Fir and White Fir are actually two different oils. Silver Fir is Abies Alba and White Fir is Abies concolor. I don’t know about the different properties etc… but I do know they are two different oils.

    On February 11, 2017

  • Molly says...

    I am in love with your White Fir oil! Ordering the big bottle next time!

    On January 08, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Barb! White Fir and Silver Fir are the same oils. Because our White Fir essential is more commonly known as Silver Fir, we will be renaming this oil in the near future.

    On December 21, 2016

  • Barb Rowe says...

    I see Silver Fir listed in some of your blends, but not available as a single oil. Is this like White Fir or is it just its own and why don’t you have it available to purchase? Thank you!?

    On December 21, 2016

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