Engelman Spruce from Utah

by Andrea Butje on June 24, 2011

Engelman Spruce from UtahThere are only a few conifer (Pine, Spruce or Fir) oils that contain a significant percentage of d-limonene.

Siberian Fir, Silver Fir and Engelman Spruce are three that generally have at least 25% d-limonene.

Why do you care about d-limonene? Well maybe you don’t yet, but check this out . . .

The immune stimulating effects of d-limonene have been well researched, and the component is known to stimulate white blood cells that help fight infection. This component also offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant effects. Seems worth a little attention . . . right?

The group of oils with the highest d-limonene content are the citrus oils. Orange and Grapefruit contain about 95% d-limonene! Orange, Grapefruit, Siberian Fir and Engelman Spruce create a beautiful aromatic blend that can be very helpful when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold, have a sinus infection, or headaches from congested sinuses. The Siberian Fir brings a calming aspect to the blend with its ester content. If you want a deeper, lower note, try adding a few drops of Palo Santo, which also happens to have a very high percentage of d-limonene (almost 70%).

Inhaler for relieving a cold, sinus infection or headache from congested sinuses:
Orange — 3 drops
Grapefruit — 3 drops
Siberian Fir — 3 drops
Engelman Spruce — 4 drops
Palo Santo — 2 drops

Add the essential oils to a blank inhaler. This blend can also be diluted in jojoba and massaged into the back of your neck.

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Sue October 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

hi Andrea, I know this is a much older thread, but in the hopes that you will see this…
I have white fir (Abies Alba) and Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) (and I am never really sure if Juniper Berry is in the pine family or not).
Are either of these a good substitute for the pine oils I see in your recipes?
Thanks so much!!


Andrea Butje October 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Sue, both are wonderful oils that support respiratory issues.


Wendy November 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

All the info you pass in is awesome. When dealing with children 5-18 years of age, does the amount of drops for inhalers stay the same


Andrea Butje November 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Thanks so much Wendy! For children 5-12, I would just cut the number of drops of oils in half. 13-18 year olds can use full strength 🙂


Jenni Keas October 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

If we make this blend for those that do not use the inhaler, is the recipe the same?


Andrea Butje October 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Hi Jenni – it depends on how else you wanted to use it. Let me know how you intend to use the blend and I’ll be able to help better 🙂


Jenni Keas October 21, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Just through skin contact, massage onto effected areas.


Andrea Butje October 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

For a massage oil, I would add either 1 oz. of trauma oil or 1 oz. of jojoba oil to dilute it a bit.


Margaret Huss October 21, 2015 at 6:35 am

Cn I purchase the essential oils from you?


Andrea Butje October 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Hi Margaret – Aromahead doesn’t actually sell oils 🙂 you can find high-quality essential oils at Aromatics International, Stillpoint Aromatics, Essential Elements and Florihana.


fransita June 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I was unaware that these conifer essential oils contain limonene. thank you for the info and the lovely recipe for the sinus decongesting blend utilizing citrus, conifers and palo santo. sounds divine*


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