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