Living Magazine Winter Living Magazine 2015/2016 - Page 24

Essential Oil Spotlight Distillation Method: Steam Sourcing Origin: New Zealand Plant Part: Branch/Leaf Douglas Fir From Christmas trees to telephone poles to a refreshing essential oil, Douglas Fir has a wide variety of uses and benefits. This bristly conifer tree is filled with revitalizing compounds that can purify the skin and help maintain a sense of focus. When used aromatically or topically, its fresh green aroma reflects the tranquility of its native New Zealand forests, creating calm feelings and encouraging an uplifted mood. The unique chemical composition of Douglas Fir essential oil can also promote feelings of open airways and easy breathing. Fun Fact: The Douglas Fir tree was named after the famous Scottish botanist, David Douglas. However, the tree’s scientific name, Pseudotsuga menxiesii, was named after a rival botanist, Archibald Menzies. 24 / WINTER 2015 LIVING MAGAZINE How to Use : Aromatic Directly inhale or diffuse alone or with other essential oils to freshen the air, uplift mood, and promote a sense of focus. Diffuse 2–3 drops Douglas Fir with 2–3 drops Eucalyptus, or rub into hands and inhale deeply to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing. Topical Add 1 drop to facial cleanser, bar soap, or body wash for added cleansing benefits and an invigorating aroma. Combine with 1–2 drops of Wintergreen for a relaxing massage experience.