Tiger Balm is a popular home remedy used to relieve pain, but there is something even better. Siberian fir oil has the ability to reduce stress and pain, battle infections, improve breathing and much more.
Siberian fir oil has a fresh, woody and natural scent just like the tree that it comes from. If you have ever walked through a forest then you will know this sweet, woody Fir aroma. This smell is often associated with winter and can remind you of the holidays.
But did you know that fir oil has effectively been used in aromatherapy, medicine and massage for centuries?
Unlike Tiger Balm, which is made from herbs, the oil is extracted from fir cones and branches through a process known as steam distillation. The oil contains borneol, bornyl acetate, b-phellandrene, b-Pinene and 3-carene – common organic compounds found in many essential oils used in traditional Eastern and Western medicine.
The Benefits Of Fir Oil
Many civilisations throughout history have used Fir Oil. The healing properties of this oil have been well known and applied in medicine for centuries. For example, in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. It was even used by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine to create medicating oils.
He used fresh cones of the Fir tree, which were mashed up and soaked for 40 days in olive oil in a dark, warm place in a stoppered jar.
Nowadays, Fir Oil is regaining it’s popularity because of its anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, choleric and restorative properties. Fir Oil has previously even been shown to demonstrate anti-tumor activity!
Below is a list of specific benefits of Fir Oil:
- Fir oil has shown to stimulate metabolism in a way that is particularly useful for cleansing your body. For example, the oil may be a useful aid in the case of food poisoning because it helps your kidneys to quickly remove harmful substances and toxins. In addition, due to its diuretic effects, Fir Oil can help to remove excess water from the body.
- Due to its analgesic properties, the oil can help to relieve joint and muscle pain, as well as pain from arthritis and other serious and painful conditions. The oil also works as an anti-inflammatory so it is useful to apply to any inflamed parts of the body to reduce swelling, whilst simultaneously eliminating pain.
- Inhaling Fir Oil can help to remove phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract. By reducing the amount of mucus in the airways, the body is able to fight the initial stage of the infection much faster. You can use this oil to help treat Asthma, Bronchitis, Cough and Sore Throats.
- Aromatherapy specialists frequently use Fir Oil in their treatments. It helps to clear your cluttered mind and revive focus. You can also use it effectively to remove drowsiness and nervous exhaustion.
- For more useful tips on relieving stress see our ‘HOW TO LOWER YOUR CORTISOL LEVELS NATURALLY‘ article.
- You can use Fir Oil to treat cuts and abrasions because of its antiseptic properties. In addition, you can also use it for fungal infections on your feet.
Other Uses And Side Effects
The cosmetology industry often adds Fir Oil to its products. Because the oil is effective at treating various skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, ulcers and other skin irritations.
You can be add the oil to warm water for a nice fragrant and relaxing bath. Young children should not use it, but it can be suitable for school-age children.
Much like Tiger Balm, Fir Oil can cause irritation of the skin and respiratory membrane causing breathing problems, when used in excessive amounts. You should never be use it internally as it can be dangerous to your kidneys, therefore only use it externally or by inhaling the aroma.
If you are concerned about using the oil, always contact your doctor and discuss it with them first.
This article first appeared on GYMNASIUMPOST.com on 12th June, 2020.