This tree attracts users from all walks of life, including medical practitioners, manufacturers, carpenters, backpackers, and everyday families. Its most famous use is as a Christmas tree, often preferred over the spruce varieties that drop more needles. Backpackers extract the resin for emergency healing of cuts and burns and say that portions of the tree can be eaten if other food sources are depleted. Fir boughs also make comfortable impromptu bedding on wet or rocky ground.
A popular “Canada balsam” (or “balm of Gilead”) product from this tree is used across many industries. In addition to consumer use in cold remedies and perfumes, the balm’s sticky and semi-transparent properties attract manufacturers of the types of cement used in constructing microscopes as well as other medical and dental products. The resin also has a military history – it was used in the Civil War to treat battlefield injuries and sent to weapons manufacturers in World War II to construct gun sights and other optical equipment.
Native Americans, herbalists, and outdoor enthusiasts have all recognized this essential oil for medicinal qualities. It can be added to bathwater or used in cream as a skin cleaner, and is an effective antibacterial and around-the-house freshener. It possesses a middle note scent that reminds of Christmas without over-powering, and has long been recognized as calming and grounding – in fact, boughs used to be burned after childbirths to aid the health and relaxation of mothers and infants. It is well-regarded as an antiseptic, pain-reliever, and cold suppressant, and some suggest it can speed the metabolism and fight tumors. Aromatherapy usage can provide uplifting, refreshing and reviving effects that empower the inner voice and unstick the spirit.
Organic fir balsam essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is a vital addition to your aromatherapy kit. You will absolutely love the rich woodsy scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Fir Balsam
- Botanical Name: Abies balsamea
- Country of Origin: Canada
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Needles
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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