Fir, Balsam

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Balsam fir

Abies balsamea

Pinaceae family

Harvested in the wild and steam distilled in Quebec from needles and twigs.

Balsam fir is native to Eastern North America and thrives in the United States from Minnesota to Maine and down to the Appalachians and across Canada from the Maritimes to Alberta. Balsam Fir is the provincial tree of New Brunswick.

Traditional uses for this tree involve mostly needs rather than essential oil and both humans and other animals can eat these needles right off the tree! The needles can also be made into a tea. Needles are high in Vitamin C.

Traditional Medicinal uses for the needles, inner bark, bark, pitch, sap, juice, are widespread by many First Nation peoples: Abenaki, Algonquin, Atikamekw, Cree, Innu, Iroquois, Maliseet, Menominee, Mi’kmaq, Ojibwe, Penobscot and Potawatomi are a few of them.

 

snow dance

...snow waltz's from the sky

balsam firs are dressed in white~

swan glides on a pond

--Alexis Y

Arctander says

The oil is a pale yellow or almost water-white mobile oil of a peculiar oily-balsamic, somewhat resinous, but also fresh and sweet odor, resembling the odor of spruce. Oil of Abies balsamea serves as a “pine and spruce” fragrance in fresh-balsamic “fir needle” blends, Christmas tree odors, fougères, etc. Blends well with galbanum, cistus, lavenders, oakmoss and rosemary.

Battaglia says

Aromatherapy utilizes Abies balsamea essential oil for the following:

Analgesic

Antiseptic

Deodorant

Expectorant

Insecticidal

Rubefacient

Stimulant

Tonic

It’s considered to be effective for respiratory conditions in particular.

 

Safety Warning


As with most essential oils, dilute before using on skin. Perform a patch test before use if essential oil sensitivity is suspected. Do not take essential oils internally. Do not use on children or pets. Seek advice from a trained aromatherapist before using on people with compromised immune systems. Keep away from eyes and mucus membranes.
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