Fresh Pacific Northwest Douglas-Fir Needles
Douglas-Fir -Pseudotsuga menziesii
Commonly known as Douglas fir or Doug-fir, is an evergreen conifer species native to western North America.
The volatile oils found in fir needles, bark, sap and resin are used to help stimulate the respiratory system, decongest the lungs, boost the immune system, balance hormones, and bring circulation and warmth to cold muscles and stiff joints.
Their needles are high in vitamin B, C, A, and iron and a slew of minerals, antioxidants and flavonoids, and according to various studies they contain anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular-protecting, triglyceride-reducing properties as well.
The needles can be use to make tinctures, oils, salves, soaps & balms for healing the skin or lips.
They are delicious in a wide variety of foods and easily incorporated. You can toss chopped needles into vinegars, finishing salts and even blend them directly into sugars and other items.
Shrub recipe: Place a handful of Douglas Fir needles in a mason jar with juniper berries. Cover ⅔ way with apple cider vinegar, top off with honey. Cover and let macerate for 3-4 weeks. Start tasting it 2 weeks into it. Strain it when the flavor comes through and use it like Fire Cider. At the onset of a cold or sore throat, put a splash of this in a mug of hot water. You can add more honey, ginger, or even a little lemon juice.
We'd love to hear what you are using them in!
These needles are naturally dropped and never taken from the tree.