Fir (Balsam)

Essential Oil of ­­­­Balsam Fir

Abies balsamea

 Family: Pinaceae

Origin: Found mainly in northern climates such as America and Canada but can be as far south and Mexico and Algeria.

Plant description: A tall tree with leathery, herring-bone branches bearing cones.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Tree/Needles/Leaves

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Bornyl acetate, Terpinyl acetate (Esters), Bisabolene, Camphene, Dipentene, Phellandrene, Carene, Limonene, Pinene (Terpenes),

PRECAUTIONS: Keep away from children and not for use in pregnancy.

PROPERTIES: Antiscorbutic, antisceptic, expectorant, pectoral, sedative

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Relieves tiredness and aching limbs. Helpful for muscular aches and pains due to rheumatism or arthritis

Digestive:

Immune System:

Nervous system: Has a tonic effect on the nervous system

Mental/Emotional: May have warming and grounding effect

Reproductive: Invigorates the endocrine glands which could help balance chemical reactions in the body.

Respiratory system: Most helpful to alleviate chest conditions, especially fluid, pus and mucus that obstruct the bronchi. Helps shortness of breath and could be helpful to asthma sufferers.

Urinary system: A urinary antiseptic that can be helpful with infections

Skin care: Not effective for the skin

 

About this essential oil: In the Bible this oil is known as the ‘Balm of Gilead’ and its tree was often employed in house and shipbuilding due to its durability. The native Americans used the resin for medicinal and religious purposes.

 

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