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Latin Name: Abies balsamea
Common Name: Fir Needle (aka Balsam Fir, American Silver Fir, Balm of Gilead Fir)
Botanical Name: Abies balsamea (synonymous with A. balsamifera, Pinus balsamea L.)
Botany: A small to medium conical evergreen tree native to North America. It grows to 32-60 feet tall with dark green flat needle like leaves.
History: Canadians use the Balsam Fir for glue for optical instrument components as well as a traditional cold remedy. Balsam Fir is also a popular choice for Christmas trees.
Plant Part: Needle
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Ethically farmed
Fragrance: Balsamic and refreshing, clear, woodsy, earthy
Color of Oil: Clear to slight yellow
Note: Middle Note
Blends well with: Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrtle, Niaouli, Pine, Rosewood, Sandalwood
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Fir is cleansing and stimulating.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Fir is antibacterial. It opens the bronchi and relieves shortness of breath, bronchitis, and asthma. Fir is a circulatory and immunity system stimulant. It is also good for muscular aches.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Fir is used for inspiration, peace, and wisdom.
Chemical Constituents: alpha-phellandrene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, bornyl acetate
Common Adulterants: Turpentine fractions, camphene (synthetic or bioidentical), bornyl acetate (synthetic or bioidentical)
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Color Energy: Yellow - Cleansing