Balsam Fir Oil

CAD $21.50CAD $41.50

Use for colds, congestion, cuts and scrapes, energizing.

Species: Abies balsamea
Parts Used: Needles, twigs/wood
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Class: Monoterpene
Country: Canada

The scent is powerful and refreshing, like walking into a forest of Christmas trees. Most people enjoy the scent which also adds to its popularity in diffusing, soaps and massage oils.  A lovely oil with lots of potential uses for the entire family.

Historically, it was used by the native population for colds, congestion, cuts and scrapes, in teas, sweat lodges, ointments, fatigue, rheumatic pain and diabetes. Current scientific studies are looking balsam fir as a possible natural treatment for diabetes. Other studies suggest that it may help fight aggressive breast cancer cells and other forms of cancer. Balsam Fir and Frankincense may work together to inhibiting different cancers. It is also growing in popularity as massage therapists often use it as a relaxant to the nervous system and for muscle spasms.

Safety and drug interactions: appears to be non-toxic, non irritating, and non-sensitizing
Cautions: Avoid while pregnant or breast feeding. Historically, balsam fir was used to cause abortion.
Interactions: May add to the effects of antibiotics/antibacterials and anticancer drugs and supplements.
Ways to use:
  • Massage oil: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops/ 30ml of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc.
  • Diffuser: 5-6 drops in water.
  • Baths: add 2-12 drops into tsp of honey, milk or carrier oil and/or add to epsom or Dead Sea salt then into bath water.
  • Lotion or shampoo: add 15-20 drops /30 mLs of unscented base/lotion.

Traditional uses: aromatherapy, bronchitis, cuts and wounds, coughs and colds, congestion, pain relief, rheumatoid arthitis, sore throat
Thought to be: antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, antidiabetic

Components:

  • beta-Pinene (30.00%)
  • delta-3-Carene (21.45%)
  • Bornyl acetate (11.85%)
  • Limonene (11.20%)
  • Camphene (7.40%)
  • alpha-Pinene (7.15%)
  • beta-Phellandrene (4.25%)
  • Santene (2.60%)
  • Myrcene (1.70%)
  • Tricyclene (0.80%)
  • Terpinolene (0.50%)
  • Borneol (0.35%)
  • alpha-Terpineol (0.25%)
  • Piperitone (0.15%)
  • Terpinen-4-ol (0.10%)
  • Thymol (0.01%)
  • Methyl thymol (0.01%)

Blends well with: German Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, and Myrtle essential oils, plus other evergreen oils such as Pine, Spruce and Cedarwood.

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  • Cree antidiabetic plant extracts display mechanism-based inactivation of CYP3A4 TW Tam, R Liu, JT Arnason, A Krantis… – Canadian journal of …, 2010 – NRC Research Press
  • Anti-insect secondary metabolites from fungal endophytes of conifer trees. MW Sumarah, JD Miller – Natural product communications, 2009 – europepmc.org
  • Antitumor activity of balsam fir oil: production of reactive oxygen species induced by alpha-humulene as possible mechanism of action. J Legault, W Dahl, E Debiton, A Pichette… – Planta …, 2003 – europepmc.org
  • Antioxidant activity in medicinal plants associated with the symptoms of diabetes mellitus used by the indigenous peoples of the North American boreal forest LM McCune, T Johns – Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2002 – Elsevie
  • Composition and antibacterial activity of Abies balsamea essential oil. Pichette A1, Larouche PL, Lebrun M, Legault J

Additional information

Weight55 g
Dimensions2.8 × 2.8 × 6.7 cm

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