Fraser Fir Essential Oil
Christmas Tree in a bottle, literally! Steam-distilled from whole Fraser Fir trees grown in the Southern Appalachians. This smells so much like a fresh cut tree that people look for a tree when they walk in your house. Fresh green balsamic top notes with a mild sweetness and a beautiful earthy forest undertone. Traditional (not organic or wild-crafted) cultivation practices. 10% of all website sales of this batch will be returned to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy as a thank you for donating the trees and to help further their conservation efforts.
Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri), also known locally as the “She Balsam,” is a Western North Carolina native species, a relic from the last ice age’s southern Boreal forest, stranded on isolated sub-alpine mountain tops. It is one of the most common species used for Christmas trees and the majority of the Christmas trees that have graced the White House have been Fraser Firs from Western North Carolina. This species is famous for its long needle-retention time, soft needles and beautiful fragrance.
Batch AF-004 came direct from trees harvested from a Fraser Fir farm in Roan Mountain, TN. The trees used to produce this oil were minimally managed for the year prior to harvest and the property was purchased by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) to create a Warbler habitat and extended wildlife corridor. To this end, SAHC removed all of the property’s Fraser Fir trees. Although the trees were not sprayed a year before harvest, they were traditionally cultivated so we do not consider this to be a therapeutic grade essential oil.
We have had our Fraser Fir essential oil analyzed with GC-FID by a third party lab specializing in essential oils and the major components are:
- Δ3-Carene – 21.2% – Monoterpene
- a-Pinene – 20% – Monoterpene
- B-Pinene – 13.7% – Monoterpene
- Bornyl Acetate – 12.2% – Monoterpene ester
- Camphene – 8.8% – Monoterpene
- Limonene – 8% – Monoterpene
- Santene – 3.1% – Normonoterpene
- 1.8-Cineole – 2.5% – Monoterpene ether
5 ml ($8), 10 ml ($11), 15 ml ($15), 30 ml ($25), 120 ml ($60)