This Or That? Silver 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 Silver Fir. Before deciding which essential oil to use, consider the differences.

Although Silver 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, Silver 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, Silver 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 Silver Fir essential oil. It may also help clear the lungs to inspire easy breathing. Fir Needle is powerful against environmental forces while fighting fatigue and symptoms of common ailments. A wonderful respiratory support, Fir Balsam may help gently uplift sullen emotions.


  • Sally Brown says...

    I have a broken ankle, I have heard mixing cypress, fir needle oil and helicrysum will speed bone healing? Any thoughts you may have?

    On July 31, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Elizabeth! We do not currently offer Douglas Fir, but this oil is safe for children 2+.

    On March 10, 2017

  • Elizabeth L Hackett says...

    I see that Douglas Fir is available in multiple blends for kids, but not as a stand alone oil. Will that change in the future?

    On March 10, 2017

  • 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

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