Alleged to offer strength, break up negativity, and offer a powerful connection to the forest and the earth. The needles can be burned on charcoal or blended with other herbs. Use as incense to help lift a negative atmosphere. If smoke is not appropriate, try simmering them. Symbolizing immortality, taking the long view and seeing situations clearly and can be used to “seal” a spell, or as a fixative for any magical craft.May be burned for ceremonies to bless new mothers or soaked in water and sprinkled over mother and baby.
The inner bark of the Giant fir was used to treat colds and fevers. Balsam fir resin has been used as a cold remedy and to seal wounds and the needles can be steeped for a source of vitamin C. A bath tea of fir needles is helpful for rheumatic conditions. A decoction of white fir bark and needles can be drunk to help with chest colds and similar complaints. Essential oil of fir can be added to chest rubs to help relieve congestion. Before using fir, do a skin patch test to check for sensitivities.