Balsam Fir Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Medicinal Properties
Though ancient use of balsam fir essential oil was focused mainly on cuisine and medicine, the revival of essential oils has now expanded its use to other areas such as cosmetics. Balsam fir essential oil is particularly well-known for its scent, which is both refreshing and invigorating.
Here at VINEVIDA, we take special care when extracting oil from the needles of the balsam fir. This means the resulting balsam fir essential oil remains full of its many important properties. As we look further into what benefits balsam fir has to offer, you will learn how truly versatile this oil can be.
History of Balsam Fir Essential Oil
Balsam fir essential oil is a liquid extracted from the needles of the “Abies balsamea”, a North American fir tree. The tree is native to East and Central Canada, making Canada one of the most significant producers of balsam fir and its essential oil. The balsam fir plays a significant ecological role, providing shelter and protection for animals during the winter. It also serves as a food source for rabbits, snowshoe hares, chickadees, crossbills, and other forest-dwelling creatures. This gives us an idea of just how beneficial balsam bark oil can be, as it is able to provide vital nutrients and minerals to these animal’s diets.
Why Choose VINEVIDA Balsam Fir Essential Oil?
At VINEVIDA we carefully collect fresh needles from the Abies balsamea and extract the oil using a steam-distillation process. Throughout this process, special care is taken to ensure no properties of the fir needles are lost. The oil we offer at VINEVIDA is of premium quality, resulting in its clear color and a strong fragrance.
As a manufacturer, VINEVIDA produces a variety of different oils, with balsam fir essential oil being one of the most popular. VINEVIDA’s oils are 100% pure and natural, with no chemical additives or fragrances. As a result, you will note a marked difference between the scent of mass-produced, low-quality products, and that of VINEVIDA’s balsam fir oil. In addition to its many other uses, this aromatic oil can also be incorporated into soaps and scented candles.
Ancient Use of Balsam Fir Essential Oil
For centuries, Native North Americans have been using balsam fir needles for a wide range of therapeutic and medicinal purposes. Needles were seen as a valuable aid in digestion and were either ingested directly or used as additives. The needles and their oil were also mixed into natural creams and lotions, where they were found to improve skin tone and create a healthy glow. Balsam fir essential oil has also always been prized for its role in air purification.
Modern Uses of Balsam Fir Essential Oil
Today, many people are looking towards balsam fir essential oil to address various health concerns. The latest scientific studies on balsam fir oil reveal it contains a unique and powerful chemical composition. One of the oil's major constituents is b-pinene, which can be useful in the reduction of inflammation, as well as potentially acting as an antimicrobial agent. Topical application of diluted balsam essential oil may reduce the healing time of minor wounds, bruises, and cuts. Due to the high amounts of vitamin C contained in the oil, regular users have also noticed a healthy glow to their skin.
Additionally, balsam fir essential oil can also help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety by encouraging mental and physical relaxation. Some research indicates balsam fir oil may also be able to reduce symptoms of minor respiratory afflictions. Because of this, balsam fir essential oil is often used in combination with a diffuser to help fight symptoms brought on by influenza and other cold viruses. Now, let's examine the most common balsam fir essential oil uses, and take a closer look at the properties of the oil.
Balsam Fir Essential Oil Benefits
1. Reduce Anxiety
If you suffer from high levels of anxiety and tension, it is important to ensure you are getting enough sleep. In a situation like this, balsam fir essential oil can be one of the best natural remedies. To promote sound sleep, simply add a few drops of balsam fir essential oil to massage oil. Next, rub this into your body's stress points. This simple process may be able to considerably reduce the effects of anxiety and insomnia.
2. Ease Aching Muscles
Applying balsam fir oil via body massage or aromatherapy can prove to be highly remedial for sufferers of sore joints. Mix this oil with your regular massage oil or body lotion and rub it into the joints for the best effect. Balsam fir oil can also potentially increase blood circulation, which in turn may cause a reduction in the pain felt in muscles and joints.
3. Eliminate Insomnia & Congestion
Anecdotal evidence describes balsam fir essential oil as working wonders when it comes to headaches and congestion. If you have a severe head cold or suffer from migraines, diffusing balsam fir oil into your hot shower may help to provide relief. Direct inhalation is the quickest way to achieve results when it comes to essential oils, meaning it can help reduce symptoms faster.
To combat insomnia and improve sleep cycles, add balsam fir essential oil to your diffuser while you sleep. Another option is to add a few drops to a bottle of warm water and mist gently over the top of your pillows and linens, leaving behind the fresh scent of balsam fir while also providing the benefits of aromatherapy.
4. Anti-tumor Impact
Preliminary research shows that Abies Balsamea, or balsam fir essential oil, contains cytotoxic properties which may result in the destruction of particular cancer cells. Please note that you should always consult with a medical professional before engaging in holistic therapies.
How VINEVIDA Retains Important Components
As you now know the importance of the balsam fir’s core compounds, you can see why it is important to maintain them. VINEVIDA aims to extract balsam fir oil without losing any of the fir needle’s original properties.
When using proper steam distillation, oil extracted from the balsam fir will contain the following four major components:
Studies on this compound show promise in regards to the reduction of inflammation, anxiety, and short-term memory loss. From a quantitative perspective, this is only the second-ranking component in balsam fir oil, making up 25.8%, but it is also the most important. This is due to the extensive health benefits it potentially has to offer.
This is the property of balsam fir essential oil which gives it that fresh, clean smell. B-pinene—which makes up 27.3% of the oil—may also prove beneficial in other areas. The aroma can potentially improve cognitive function by contributing to mental clarity and alertness.
At 23.1% this is the third-ranking property in the make-up of balsam fir tree oil. It is also a major component of eucalyptus essential oil, and like B-pinene is an aromatic compound. The odor of β-phellandrene is similar to that of peppermint, with an additional hint of citrus.
Limonene comes in last in terms of quantity, making up only 9.2% of balsam fir essential oil. This chemical compound is common in oils belonging to the citrus family and can be very useful when preparing medicine. Studies show indications that limonene may potentially be able to stop the progression of—or even reduce—the presence of tumor cells. In addition, limonene is a common additive in foods, chewing gum, and beverages.
Balsam Fir Essential Oil for Soapmaking
The scent of balsam fir essential oil is the perfect addition to soaps, with its fresh, wintery scent. Start by taking a base liquid soap, first ensuring it does not contain any chemical or fragrance. This is because chemicals and additives can react negatively with essential oils when combined.
Next, 1g of balsam fir essential oil to 100g of liquid soap. Give it a try, and see what you think before deciding to add more. Use different blends of essential oils to create new combinations, or even try your hand at making soap from scratch!
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Balsam fir essential oil is one of the most popular oils sold by VINEVIDA. This is due in part to its amazing woodsy fragrance, but also because of the sheer amount of potential benefits it contains. As always use essential oils with caution, ensuring you never ingest them or apply them directly to the skin. As a side note, some people have been wondering if balsam fir essential oil is safe for dogs. Our four-legged friends have a lot stronger sniffers than we do, so the smell of oils may make them uncomfortable. If you are going to use balsam fir oil around your pet, it is better to use a passive diffuser option, such as reeds. Make sure your dog doesn’t ingest or come in contact with the oil and pay close attention to see whether he or she exhibits signs of discomfort. If so, it is best to cease use.
Disclaimer: These statements (and all statements herein) have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential Oils sold by VINEVIDA are to be used for cosmetic purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent a disease or ailment. Research citations are added merely to support the claims to a certain extent. VINEVIDA makes no representation to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the published information. Read our DISCLAIMER for further details.
Caution: Beware of excessive use as it may lead to nausea and headaches. For topical use, always dilute the oil with a carrier oil. We do not suggest the internal use of any essential oils. Keep it out of children’s reach. It is not recommended for a pregnant woman without a proper prescription by a specialist.