Balsam Fir Essential Oil

CAD $21.50CAD $41.50

Traditional uses of fir essential oil, backed by science

NOTE: There are around 48-56 different fir trees and most have not been tested individually for their properties. For the most part, species in the same genus will have very similar components/qualities. There is a small number of studies specifically looking at balsam fir (abies balsamea), but many studies focus on the genus abies.

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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.

View Essential Oil FAQ, Contraindications, and other information HERE.

How to use balsam fir essential oil

  • Massage oil or rollerball: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops/ 30ml of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc. Apply to chest, back, under nose, temples, etc.
  • Inhaler: 5-10 drops in inhaler, inhale through the nose deeply
  • Diffuser: 5-6 drops in water
  • Baths: add 2-5 drops into tsp of a carrier oil. Optionally mix with epsom or Dead Sea salt and add to bath water.
  • Lotion or shampoo: add 15-20 drops /30 mLs of unscented base/lotion.

Balsam fir essential oil blends well with:

  • German chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrtle
  • Other evergreen oils such as pine, spruce and cedar wood
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Species: Abies balsamea
Country of Origin: Canada

The refreshing smell of balsam fir essential oil is like a walk in the forest. Fir trees (abies genus) are known in traditional folk medicine for their qualities in treating the a wide variety of ailments. Mainly, traditional folk medicine has used this wonderful smelling oil for treating colds, congestion, cuts and scrapes, in teas, sweat lodges, ointments, fatigue, rheumatic pain and diabetes. You can also use this oil to disinfect countertops, kitchens, bathrooms, campers and floors and more. Aromatherapists are finding it useful when inhaled to calm nerves and anxiety.

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.

Additional information

Weight55 g
Dimensions2.8 × 2.8 × 6.7 cm

Chemical 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%)

Scientific Studies

  • 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 –
  • 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 –
  • 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


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