Balsam Fir Oil is another oil in what I call the Christmas Tree Essential Oil Line along with Douglas Fir, White Fir, Spruce and Pine Essential Oils.
I love the smell of all the Christmas tree oils. They are stimulating to the mind, yet comforting to the body which reminds me of the holidays.
I diffuse Balsam Fir during the holidays along with White Fir and Douglas Fir to fill the house with holiday aroma and ease stress and tension! Perfect!
Balsam Fir Essential Oil has been used traditionally for fever, rheumatic pain and any kind of respiratory or sinus infections. It contains d-limonene as the other fir oils; however white fir essential oil has a higher antioxidant value than balsam fir.
Balsam For oil is also very soothing to rheumatic pain, and great for muscles (or joints and tendons) that have been overworked or are tired. Unlike White and Douglas Fir oils, balsam fir has been also used for back pain and, heart and chest pains.
Did you know that the best time to harvest balsam fir is in the winter months? Gary Young, who harvests Balsam Fir Essential Oil in Idaho a few miles south of the Canadian Border, has found that the fir needles contain the highest amount of essential oil during this time of the year!
Balsam fir is in some of my favorite oil blends including Deep Relief (for head and muscles tension) and Transformation (changing beliefs and emotional patterns).
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Please read below for more information on Balsam Fir Oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
What is the Genus Species? Abies balsamea
Why is this information important? It is always important to know the genus species and what part of the plant the oil is distilled from.
Remember, many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species that will not offer the therapeutic benefit you are looking for. Even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same.
Where is the name derived from? The name White Fir comes from its Latin scientific name "abies" meaning "fir trees" and "balsamea" meaning "balsam like".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and branches
What is the ORAC Value? 20,500 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the oleoresin of Balsam Fir has been used for ritual and spiritual purposes?
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant, sedative, tonic and anticoagulant.
What are the Documented Balsam Fir Benefits and Uses? Anxiety, asthma, infections (respiratory, sinus, bronchitis, flu, colds, chronic cough, urinary tract), rheumatism, nervous tension, stress related conditions, wounds, sore and tired muscles, joints and tendons, back pain, sciatica, lumbago, and scoliosis.
It may reduce cortisol levels and enhance the production of human growth hormone (hGH).
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is physically grounding and relaxing. Its sweet and clean scent has balsamic and woody overtones.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Balsam fir oil will ground the body and empower the mind. It will bring emotional balance to the mind and body by aligning the sacral and heart chakras. It is good for those who get out of balance emotionally (or moody) very easily.
By the way, any of the oils that are from trees (Western Red Cedar, Palo Santo, Cedarwood, Frankincense, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.
What Chakra is Affected? The heart and sacral chakras.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange and green.
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, but once again, dilute! Do not use for cats.
As I mentioned during the introduction I use many professionally made blends that contain Balsam Fir. Transformation and Believe are very good for emotional issues for animals (and people!). It is also in an ointment that I use around the barn often called Animal Scents Ointment.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results! Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Balsam Fir Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities.
Could result in skin irritation (dilution is recommended). Avoid sunlight for 3 to 6 hours after use.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the Bible mentions fir 21 times? Thirteen times as a tree and eight times as lumber! Sorry, the Bible didn't mention which fir tree!
Did you know that the Balsam Fir Tree is also called Canada Balsam?
Did you know that the Balsam Fir Tree resin is used in glass slides and optical lenses as an adhesive?
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