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Balsam Fir

Like so many popular essential oils, balsam fir essential oil is extracted through a process of steam distillation from balsam fir, primarily from the species Abies balsamea. The needles are the most important part of this plant, as that is where the active ingredients and powerful chemical compounds are located. Once the essential oil is extracted, it can be used for a wide variety of applications, notably in the form of topical ointments or additives to other carrier oils that have other health properties. The combination of tricyclene, a-pinene, borneol, limonene, acetate, and myrcene all combine for these impressive health effects.

Balsam Fir essential oil is grounding and balancing, while stimulating to the mind and relaxing to the body. It can support many body systems including the Respiratory system (particularly supportive to the Lungs, sinuses and throat). It can help to support the Immune system, and has an ORAC score of 20,500 µTE/100 g, which can help protect against free radical damage. It is also supportive to the Urinary system and hematologic (blood) system. Idaho Balsam Fir can be used to ease sore Muscles and joints related to daily living activities.

Balsam fir needles have the real power to purify the air and the soul with its disinfecting and calming properties. And it is for these great reasons; balsam fir needles were burnt in the past after childbirth, to impart good health for the mother and the newborn. The pitch of the tree was used to treat woman problems like Menstrual irregularities. Various parts of the fir trees when mixed with other medicinal herbs were used to treat Cancer, Tuberculosis and Rheumatism.

Poultices made with balsam fir were used in folklore medicine for relieving Arthritis, Rheumatism and Muscular Pain. The Gums of fir trees were used to prepare ointments to treat itches, Sores, Wounds, Insect Bites, Boils and Infections. The decoction extracted with the bark was used for curing Kidney problems and the roots were used in the treatment of Heart diseases and Rheumatism.

Native Americans widely used balsam fir needles for padding the pillows for peaceful Sleep and they also used it as a sudatory for women after childbirth. Fir Needle essential oil is utilized in the manufacture of cosmetic products, perfumes, bath oils, air fresheners, aerosol inhalants and incense. Ancient Egyptians used balsam fir essential oil to prepare Hair growth formula that would elevate and energize the root of the Hair when massaged onto the Scalp.

When it comes to preventing Infection, essential oils have been turned to for thousands of years, and balsam fir essential oil is no exception. Thanks to its high Concentration of antiSeptic organic compounds that stimulate the Immune system and prevent dangerous Infections, balsam fir essential oil can be a powerful tool that keeps your body healthy inside and out.

Pain Reliever
The soothing nature of balsam fir essential oil makes it ideal for soothing Pain and relaxing aching Muscles. The stimulating nature of the oil can bring blood to the surface of the Skin, flushing out Toxins and increasing the rate of healing and recovery so your Pain fades away and your body gets even stronger in the process.

Detoxify the Body
Some of the organic compounds and active oils within balsam fir essential oil actually stimulate the body to flush itself clean. This Tonic quality of this popular oil makes it great for people on health cleanses or who are simply looking to eliminate a few extra Toxins from their system. It can induce sweating, which can push additional Toxins from the body, but it also kicks the Liver into higher gear, cleansing numerous systems of the body.

Respiratory Function
Although some essential oils can be dangerous when inhaled, the Aromatherapeutic qualities of balsam fir essential oil are well known. This powerful essential oil is used in Aromatherapy for the improvement of Respiratory conditions. It can induce Coughing to loosen and release mucous from your membranes, and can also act as an Anti-inflammatory agent in the Throat and Bronchial tubes. Do not ingest the oil. The exquisite antiSeptic property of this oil helps in maintaining the sanitation of the surrounding by preventing the spread of harmful microorganisms, which are among the primary reasons for Respiratory Infections. Balsam fir oil has antitussive properties that acts as an effective Cough suppressant. As a refreshing Expectorant, this oil loosens the mucous and the phlegm deposits in the Lungs and Respiratory tract, thus cleansing the Respiratory passages and speeding up the recovery process. Adding 2 drops of balsam fir oil in steam inhalation and inhaling the pine-forest Aroma assists in clearing blocked nasal passages, preventing the Inflammation of the Respiratory organs, alleviating breathing difficulties, treating Bronchitis and it helps in maintaining clear sinuses. Mix 2 drops of balsam fir essential oil with 1 ml coconut oil and rub it gently on your Chest, back and Throat for helping with nasal Congestion, runny Nose, sneezing, Cough and flu. Add 3 to 4 drops of balsam fir essential oil in warm bathing water for feeling light and re-energized as Respiratory Infections generally make the body feel heavier and drowsy.

Increased Metabolism
There are many factors that affect our metabolism, but balsam fir essential oil can act as a general body Stimulant, kicking our body into overdrive and increasing everything from our Digestive rate to our Heart rate. It gives us a boost of energy when we need it and can carry us into a more active lifestyle simply by cranking our internal engine up a few notches. Being a Diuretic, balsam fir oil is helps in eliminating the toxic remains, Uric Acid, fat deposits and salts in the body through urine by stimulating the frequency and quantity of urine. Massaging your body with 10 drops of balsam fir oil mixed with 10ml of coconut oil can improve the health of the Kidneys, treat Kidney Stones or renal calculi, Urinary Infections, Food Poisoning by enhancing the functions of the excretory system and boosting the metabolic functions naturally.

Body Odor
The naturally pleasant smell of balsam fir essential oil makes it a wonderful option for people suffering from body odor. You know what the fresh smell of a beautiful pine forest smells like; isn't that better than suffering from offensive body odor? Balsam fir essential oil can actually decrease the amount of Bacteria in your body that creates that foul odor and leave you smelling fresh as the forest!

Skin Care Treatment

Balsam fir essential oil has been in use since the primordial times to protect the Skin and retain its natural glow. The Astringent properties of this oil is effective in treating Acne, injuries, Infections, Sores, Wounds, cuts, mild Allergies, Insect Bites etc. The anti oxidant properties of balsam fir essential oil fights against the free radicals and prevents premature aging. Mix 2 drops of balsam fir essential oil with 1 ml jojoba oil or to your regular Skin care cream and apply it on the affected areas in circular movements. This stimulating application to the Skin results in mild coagulation of the Skin proteins, thus elevating it natural beauty and retaining its youthfulness. Balsam fir essential oil is often recommended by dermatologists and Alternative medicine experts in the treatment of Psoriasis, itching, pimples, Eczema, Skin diseases, poor Skin, scabies and Sores. This is mainly due to the presence of Antiviral, anti-Bacterial, anti-fungal and antiSeptic properties of this oil. A 2006 study on ‘Composition and AntiBacterial activity of Abies balsamea essential oil’ published in PubMed states that the three constituents in balsam fir oil namely alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene and alpha-humulene were effective against the gram negative and gram positive Bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, where Staphylococcus aureus is mainly responsible for Wounds and other Skin Infections to turn Septic and worsen.

Emotional Strength

Your success depends upon your mental strength and amidst the Stress and tension of this contemporary world, nothing better than the natural remedies like essential oils can grant us the real peace and serenity. Balsam fir oil is a boon to mankind with its rich invigorating, stimulating and Energizing properties contributing to a potential uplift of the emotional strength. 2 to 3 drops of Fir oil added to your Diffuser or burner can act as a mood elevator that aids in revitalizing your mind, refreshing your soul, weakening the element of Depression, lack of self-confidence, agony, fear and emotional Stress.

Precaution for Balsam Fir Essential Oil

Despite the versatility of this particular essential oil, it is important to never consume essential oils internally. Inhalation in the form of Aromatherapy is safe in certain situations, but it is always better to speak with an herbalist or an Aromatherapist before embarking on this sort of alternative treatment. Also, due to the high Concentration of chemicals in these oils, undiluted oils can be very powerful and dangerous when your Skin is directly exposed to it.


Balsam Fir Aromatherapy Benefits

Essential Living: Use balsam fir for cleansing and to help relieve Colds and flu.

Plant Therapy: This essential oil is emotionally balancing, with an uplifting and also soothing effect. Use it to calm Muscles and joints after a long day or intense workout. Balsam fir also helps support a healthy Respiratory system when diffused or diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the Chest.

Aromatics: Balsam fir helps create movement in the body — such as letting the breath flow more easily and easing restriction in Muscles and joints to restore comfortable, natural mobility.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Balsam fir supports the Respiratory system and may help relieve Depression, Nervous tension, and Stress-related conditions.
Balsam Fir Essential Oil Uses and Recipes

In general, you can use fir oil in air fresheners, detergents, and household Cleaners.

Balsam Fir and Pine Room Mist

2 drops balsam fir essential oil
12 drops pine essential oil
1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
1/4 cup distilled water
2-ounce amber glass mist bottle

Add water and oils to the bottle. Replace lid and then shake until well blended. Spray mist into air as desired.
Source: Aura Cacia

Winter Steam Diffuser Blend

5 drops black spruce essential oil
5 drops balsam fir essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil

Heat a small pan of water to a low simmer.
Turn off the heat.
Add the oils and let them diffuse with the steam from the heated water.

Gentle Back Rub Oil for Cough and Colds

2 tablespoons jojoba oil
3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
3 drops balsam fir essential oil
One 1-ounce glass or PET plastic bottle

Add jojoba to bottle. Drop in essential oils. Close bottle. Shake gently to mix.

To use: Shake gently. Rub some of the blend on the back of the neck and back before bedtime or as needed during the day.

Caution: Do not use on children under five. Source: Essential Living

Moisturizing Body Butter

Makes about four ounces.

1.5 teaspoons beeswax
2 tablespoons argan oil
3 tablespoons coconut oil
25 drops balsam fir
20 drops copaiba essential oil
15 drops tangerine essential oil

Prepare a double boiler over low heat.
Add the beeswax and let melt.
Stir in the coconut and argan oils until blended.
Remove the blend from heat.
Add your essential oils, stirring gently.
Pour Moisturizer into 4-ounce (120 ml) glass jar, and let it cool.

Source: Aromahead