We created this to sooth our spinning minds--the scent, tree presence, and self- massage into hands, temples, and shoulders combine to relax us. This oil can be used as a body oil and can also be used as a beard oil. It's a gift from South Whidbey forests and some of our own board members (aka, the 10 fir trees at Silly Dog Studios who we know by name) for times when we don't have the time, access, or ability to walk in the woods to relax and rest.
We gather branches after winter wind storms drop them to the ground, and then cut up the branches and infuse them into organic extra virgin olive oil for at least 8 weeks and up to 3 months, until the oil smells like our daily walks in the woods and feels like a soothing hug from a wise tree being when you rub it in. Here we use it to soften dry skin, to feel grounded, to relax and accept difficult news and painful history (the scent calms our minds and eases tension and stress), and I even sometimes use it to stop fly away hair on extra frizzy hair days (although use in the hair wasn't its original intended use and I make no promises you'll like it for use in your hair--that might just be its gift to me). We have friends who use the oil to support meditation, yoga, prayer, and relaxing on the couch. Friends who use it to feel grounded in meetings and traffic. Friends who use it to get to sleep at night (to feel like they are out camping in the woods when they can't actually be).
Ingredients: Whidbey windfall Douglas Fir branches (gathered after winter wind storms at Silly Dog Studios & during walks in neighboring woods) infused into organic extra virgin olive oil.
Storage, life of the product, and packaging: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. We make this oil available for retail sales in 2 ounce amber bottles only, because the shelf life of this precious fir-infused oil, with no chemicals or preservatives added, is between 12 months and 18 months max. We've also learned that plant-infused oils have minds of their own, so you may find that a tiny bit of oil pools under the bottle itself, so we recommend storing the bottle on a hard surface that you don't mind getting a teeny bit of oil on.
Refills: If you live on, or visit, Whidbey Island, we refill these bottles for $6 here at Silly Dog Studios. Much of the expense of making them is in the special amber bottle to protect the oil and extend its shelf life and in the oil-proof label that, as it turns out, is really damn pricey. Hugs (and yay!) to anyone willing to reuse their bottles!