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White fir has grounding, healing effect

Sarah McCallum
Special to the Sun
White fir is known emotionally to clear old generational issues, like bad habits or repressed anger/guilt.
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Just the other day I noticed someone had posted a message on social media about how many weeks we had left until Christmas.

As we wind down from this summer season I cannot think of anything further from my mind than winter and the holidays. Coincidentally, as I began typing my blog entry my choice topic essential oil comes from the standard silvery tipped conifer, known as white fir.

I suppose a little bit of Christmas magic sunk in. I chose to discuss this essential oil for its amazing anti-inflammatory powers.

Personally, white fir essential oil is one of my top picks when receiving massage therapy, as it manages to ground my mind while putting every single muscle at ease. The handful of essential oils that are from trees always have a grounding effect on the psyche: Think frankincense, cedarwood, spruce.

You can learn a whole lot about how the essential oil will work within the human body after finding its origin.

For example, many floral essential oils are powerful relaxants, especially for women. Citrus essential oils almost always help to create a joyful and sweet environment while simultaneously helping clean the house. It is important to be aware of the source to ensure the essential oil is certified pure therapeutic grade.

White fir essential oil is high in antioxidant content and it also makes for a great expectorant and analgesic. So if someone suffers from asthma, bronchitis, respiratory infection or even just the common cold, this particular oil will help to relieve discomfort and encourage a healthy space for healing.

This essential oil is known emotionally to clear old generational issues, like bad habits or repressed anger/guilt that has no outlet. White fir will aid those who need not only physical relief but emotional and spiritual as well.

Some other ailments that will respond well to application of white fir are arthritis, tuberculosis, cancer, anxiety and nervousness, bursitis, frozen shoulder and overexerted muscles. I believe most anybody in need of some healing will be satisfied with this particular essential oil. It has a beautiful woodsy scent reminiscent of snow-covered forests.

Maybe I am not ready for the cooler temperatures and snow fall quite yet, but my body is always open to a bit of this lovely essential oil.

Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care in Tahoe Vista.