A Walk on the Wild Side

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Take a walk on the wild side today! 

A slow aromatic walk among the majestic evergreen trees known as Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).  Inhale deeply, then slowly exhale, releasing tensions as well.  Most people don’t realize the essential oil when diffused is just like taking that relaxing walk in clean air – elevating but grounding at the same time.

David and I got to witness the pristine beauty of a Douglas Fir grove when visiting Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, several years ago.  Some of these immense giants are over 800 years old.  If only they could talk – what stories they could tell!  Not a true Fir (Abies sp.) but more closely related to Spruce, Hemlock.  Pseudotsuga means “false hemlock”; they differ from the true hemlocks (Tsuga) in having hanging, rather than erect, cones.

The needles and twigs are steam distilled, which produces a clear to pale yellow essential oil with a crisp and invigorating soft woodland pine aroma.  The essential oil contains beta-alpha-pinene, myrcene, terpinolene, limonene, citronellyl acetate, borneo acetate, and linalool, among others.  It’s properties are strongly antiseptic, disinfectant, expectorant, antifungal, antitussive and nervine making it an excellent choice for respiratory issues (especially for children), helping to cleanse and purify the air.  Supportive to the immune system.

Some aromatherapy uses are:  respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, and calming to tired, overworked muscles and joints when diluted in a carrier oil for massage.  Uplifting so beneficial for headaches, migraines, anxiety, stress and depression.  A pleasant diffuser oil for meditation, yoga exercises and saunas.

Generally, non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.  Can irritate skin or mucous membranes through undiluted use. Not for internal use.  Its use while pregnant is not recommended.

‘til next time,
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About Aromatherapy Contessa

I love creating aromatic blends with essential oils whether for my Arlys Naturals product lines, for fun, or for customer special orders. I'm just drawn into the veil of mystery that nature has provided through these living plants, not just in their aromatic properties, but also their natural healing properties.
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