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Fir Balsam  
Fir Balsam

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Balsam Fir Needle
Abies balsamea

Plant Origin: Canada
Method: Steam distilled from needles
Cultivation: Unsprayed (organically grown but not certified)  
Key Constituents
camphene/b-pinene 41.2%
a-Pinene 13.5%
limonene/d-carene 15.2%
b-phellandrene 12.7%

Indications
Balsam Fir essential oil is used to soothe symptoms of colds including, breathing issues, coughchest congestion, sinus issues. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to alleviate pain caused by sore muscles, spasms, cramps and joint issues. Has been used with urinary tract infections and cystitis. Price suggests that it is also beneficial for wound healing, ansixety, stress, parasites and water retention.

Anti-bacterial - staph, E. coli
Anti-inflammatory - joint pain
Anti-parasitic - thread worms
Anti-septic - breathing issues, catarrh, sinus issues, urinary cystitis
Anti-spasmodic - muscle tension
Stimulant - stress
Cicatrizant (promotes healing through scar tissue) - burns, cuts, wounds

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired.

Inhalation: Directly inhale or diffuse

Internal: The quality of Balsam Fir is suitable for internal use within safe parameters, if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.

Testimonies
1. I use Balsam Fir for my TMJ pain. It works well and I rarely even have to use it now.

2. Balsam Fir completely takes away my cold sore blisters when I put it on as soon as the blisters appear...literally within minutes! - Nora

3. I read on the Facebook group about Balsam Fir for fever blisters. Saturday night I spent the night with my daddy. About 10:30 P.M. I noticed a fever blister on my bottom lip. I didn't have the Balsam Fir with me, but I did have a purse full of others. I used Lavender immediately, and then I put on Shea butter. As soon as I returned home the next morning, I put on Balsam fir and then Shea butter. I alternated them every couple of hours. I made some lip balm using shea butter and mango butter with several drops each of Balsam Fir and Lavender. I continued to alternate Balsam Fir and Lavender neat, with the lip balm on my lips over the oils. By this evening, 69 hours later, the thing is entirely gone...including the scab. It has a small "scar" there that will probably still be visible for a few days. I am quite impressed and grateful to God!! - Cammy

4. Balsam Fir is wonderful for inflammation of the spine and for bladder infections. It's been wonderful for me! - Nora

Safety
Balsam Fir is considered non-toxic, non-irriating and non-sensitizing (unless oxidized).

Avoid contact with the eye. Essential oils are lipophilic, meaning they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eye and skin. Essential oils are hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Wiping with carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eye. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.

References
Shirley and Len Price, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Third Edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2008
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2013, page 282-283.


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Information and statements regarding Heritage Essential Oils' products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.

We do not make any therapeutic claims for any Dietary Supplements in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act and FDA regulations.

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