PORTRAIT

You can indulge in the oil thought to be “the balm of Gilead” referred to in the Bible—balsam fir essential oil. Perhaps the nickname refers to the oil’s ability to calm the nervous system and with it any spasms or cramping. Its anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic properties relax your airways, your joints and muscles, and your mind. Balsam fir was often associated with royalty—it was one of three oils found in the grave of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun—allow it to make you feel like royalty again when you need a lift.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Needles and Twigs
Botanical Family: Pinaceae
Chemical Family: Esters, Monoterpenes
Country of Origin: Canada
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Balsamic, Fresh and Piney, Woody, Resinous
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties

  • Stimulating, and can be used to bring alertness to the mind.
  • Brings a sense of security and calmness to the mind.
  • Bright and Uplifting

Theraputic Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antirheumatic – Prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain and swelling due to the oil’s rubifacient effect.
  • Anti-spasmodic – relieves spasms and cramps
  • Anti-septic
  • Decongestant
  • Rubifacient – increases local blood circulation by causing minor skin irritation, vasodilation and local analgesic effect. Warming Stimulating

HOW TO USE

Adrenal Fatigue: Blend 5–6 drops of balsam fir with 1 oz. of carrier oil. Massage into mid and lower back area.

Anti-inflammatory Pain Relief: Relieve cramps, spasms, or rheumatic pain and swelling. See recipe in recipes tab.

Chest Cold: Relief for cold, flu, and spasmodic cough. See recipe in recipes tab.

Diffuser: Bring that “forest green” scent to any space. Its overall properties are stimulating and can bring alertness to the mind. This oil has been included in some cough and cold remedies, and may act as an expectorant – the essential oils have been researched for their ability to kill airborne germs and bacteria. How about that for diffusing!

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

Balsam Fir Pain Relief Blend

6 drops balsam fir

3 drops lemongrass

5 drops helichrysum

4 drops german chamomile

2 drops peppermint

1 oz. trauma oil

Directions: Blend all together in a 1 oz. bottle. Massage into affected area.

 

Cough and Cold Chest Salve

5 oz. jojoba

1/2 oz. beeswax

20 drops balsam fir

12 drops black spruce

12 drops eucalyptus dives

10 drops eucalyptus radiata

10 drops green myrtle

5 drops orange

4–5 glass or aluminum containers

Directions: Place the beeswax, and jojoba in a Pyrex glass-measuring cup. Fill a stockpot 1/4 of the way with water and bring to a boil. Place the Pyrex in the pot of water and wait for the beeswax to melt into the jojoba.

This takes about 5 minutes on a high heat. Remove from heat before all the beeswax melts, as melting will continue to after heat removal. Be sure none of the water from the pot boils into the Pyrex container. Add the remaining essential oils and stir well with a glass stir rod or a wooden chopstick.

Pour into small glass containers or tin containers. This recipe makes 5.5 ounces of salve.

Massage over chest, neck and upper back areas.

SAFETY

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

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