Balsam fir essential oil (Abies balsamea) is one of many varieties of fir needle essential oils. Balsam fir is also called Canadian fir and grows in Canada and the Northwestern United States.
Plant family: Pinaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the needles and twigs of the tree.
Aroma: Woodsy, evergreen.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle to top.
Is balsam fir safe to use during pregnancy? Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, states the evidence suggests this oil is not hazardous during pregnancy. However, consult a professional.
Is balsam fir essential oil safe for children? Yes, properly diluted, but avoid using with young babies.
Cautions: An oxidized oil may cause skin sensitization.
Essential Living: Use balsam fir for cleansing and to help relieve colds and flu.
Plant Therapy: This essential oil is emotionally balancing, with an uplifting and also soothing effect. Use it to calm muscles and joints after a long day or intense workout. Balsam fir also helps support a healthy respiratory system when diffused or diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on the chest.
Aromatics: Balsam fir helps create movement in the body — such as letting the breath flow more easily and easing restriction in muscles and joints to restore comfortable, natural mobility.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Balsam fir supports the respiratory system and may help relieve depression, nervous tension, and stress-related conditions.
In general, you can use fir oil in air fresheners, detergents, and household cleaners.
Balsam Fir and Pine Room Mist
Add water and oils to the bottle. Replace lid and then shake until well blended. Spray mist into air as desired.
Source: Aura Cacia
Winter Steam Diffuser Blend
Gentle Back Rub Oil for Cough and Colds
Add jojoba to bottle. Drop in essential oils. Close bottle. Shake gently to mix.
To use: Shake gently. Rub some of the blend on the back of the neck and back before bedtime or as needed during the day.
Caution: Do not use on children under five. Source: Essential Living
Moisturizing Body Butter
Makes about four ounces.
I recommend Young Living essential oils.
Photo Credit: Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / 1995., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons