Want to learn how to make fir needle oil for cough, bronchitis, angina, and even headaches and insomnia? Continue reading and make your own fir needle oil.
Fir needle oil (Abies alba) is a natural remedy for increasing natural immunity, but also for fighting cough, bronchitis, and angina, and even for alleviating headaches and insomnia. Even more, this simple fir needle oil is a natural diuretic and choleretic, with digestive properties.
How to Make Fir Needle Oil
To make the fir needle oil, you need young fir branches, cut into 2-3 cm (3/4-1 inch) pieces. Young fir branches can harvested from May to June, but you can use them either fresh or dried when you need to make the oil. Here is how to make the fir needle oil at home.
- Put the cut fir branches (without fir buds or green tips) in a large 800-gram (28 oz) jar until you fill almost the entire jar. Leave about 4-5 cm or 1.5 to 2 inches at the top of the jar.
- Pour some high-quality vegetable oil (do not use soy or canola) over the chopped fir branches until you cover them entirely and seal the jar (use a metallic cap).
- Place some thin fir branches or fir chips on the bottom of a tall pot (taller than the jar), fill it halfway with water, and put the jar inside.
- Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil over medium heat. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to a minimum. Continue simmering for five hours. Watch the water level in the pan, because when the water drops, you need to add more hot water.
- Remove the jar from the pot, and let it cool a little. Then strain the oil, and discard the fir branches.
- Repeat the process from the beginning by putting some fresh-cut young fir branches in another 800 oz clean jar, and then pour the infused fir oil over. Seal the jar and boil the jar once again (you can also do a double boiler) on low heat, for another five hours.
- After this time, your fir needle oil is ready to use.
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Fir needle oil can be used topically to rub your chest and back areas for cough, bronchitis, and angina pain, or to rub your forehead for headaches, but you can also use it internally (1/2 tsp) to boost immunity, for insomnia, or as a natural diuretic. Do not use too much though, it’s still oil, and too much oil in your diet is never beneficial for health.
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