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Fir (Abies alba)



cough-relieving, expectorant, nerve-strengthening, disinfectant

Areas of application:

Relief of respiratory diseases, has a disinfectant effect on the urinary system, lung diseases, chronic bronchitis, calms the nerves, colds, coughs, runny nose, strengthens the gums (resin), headaches, migraines

Plant parts used:

Fresh shoots, cones and the bark

Collection time:

Spring to autumn

To find:

Mostly in coniferous forests


Essential oils, resins, vitamins, minerals


☕ Tea: Add 1 teaspoon of pine shoots to 1/4 liter of cold water and bring to the boil. If the dosage is not tolerated, you can simply dilute it with water.

The fir can live up to 600 years and its taproot burrows deep into the ground. It anchors itself up to a height of 75 meters. It's pretty amazing how far it can go into the ground. Unfortunately, today the fir is one of the most affected trees and is threatened by forest dieback.

Note: If you would like to collect fresh pine shoots for a remedy, you should ask the responsible forest owner or forester. In most cases the use of trees is not permitted and you have to switch to spruce. You can contact your municipality to contact the responsible forest owner or forester.

Fir tree attached to the gable during the topping-out ceremony protects the house and its residents from inconvenience and trouble in the future.

The Christmas tree is still one of the most popular Christmas trees. Therefore, whoever steals one will be injured in the same year and have seven years of bad luck.

Fir tree

According to Pastor Kneipp, you boil 3 to 4 pine cones with 1/2 liter of water, filter it and gargle the liquid regularly.

Hildegard von Bingen: If it flows profusely from the nose, make smoke from the fir wood and suck it in through the nose and the flow will be loosened and stop. Also make ash from the fir wood and stir it into a lye and wash your head with it. This heals the head and clears the eyes. But whoever has pain in the chest should take the ashes of fresh fir wood and mix them with twice as much cob root and twice as much fennel and as much licorice as fir ash. Cook this with wine and honey and then strain it through a cloth. Drink the clear potion often and it will cleanse your chest and make your lungs healthy.

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