Fraser Fir Essential Oil
$4.00 – $15.00
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.
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. The “She Balsam” name comes from the balsamic aroma, the soft-tipped needles and the “breast-like blisters” of sap that form on the trunk. 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. Each 5ml bottle contains the pure aromatic essence of 1.5lbs of fresh needles and branches.
Our 2018 Batch (AF-005) was steam-distilled from discarded Fraser Fir Christmas Trees collected in the Asheville, NC area. Since we cannot verify the growing methods for these trees, we do not consider this to be a “therapeutic grade” essential oil. We recommend dilution to 5% or less for topical applications or to simply use this as fragrance oil for diffusing.
We had a similar batch tested for pesticides and a few do transfer into the essential oil. The concentration is at trace levels (the highest concentration being 0.00002%) but they are present nonetheless. The lab that tested the oil stated that they do find pesticides in similar concentrations in most non-organic essential oils (sometimes in organic oils) and in tree oils since they live longer and can bio-accumulate chemicals.
We share this information with you in the interest of transparency. Pesticides in essential oils is not a common discussion but we believe it should be. If you are interested in this oil but would prefer a more wild-crafted version, please be patient and check back soon! We are working on a batch from local trees that have not been managed for more than 20 years (the Christmas Tree farm was abandoned).
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
2 ml Sample Size ($4), 5 ml ($8), 10 ml ($11), 15 ml ($15), 30 ml ($25), 120 ml ($60)