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Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) Hydrosol

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Botanical information

Latin Name : Abies balsamea
English Name : Balsam Fir
French Name : Sapin baumier
Other Name : Iroquoien ou Huron: Annedda
Family : Pinaceae
Origin : Quebec, Canada

History and Origin

Balsam Fir is one of the typical trees to our Boreal Forests. This evergreen can reach up to 40m high. The term Balsam refers to the soothing properties of certain plants on different problems. Fir forms an important part of our cultural heritage. Around this evergreen tree, our families gather to celebrate love, abundance and warmth in the middle of winter.

In the past, branches of Fir were used to build encampment during the winter but was also a big part of the Native's traditionnal medecine for its immunitary et anti-infectious fonctions. 

Native Americans also use the fresh shoots to make infusion and collect the resin on the bark of the trees. These extractions can be used to make pomades for superficial wounds and mosquito bites, as a laxative and analgesic, for cardiac, renal and pulmonary disorders, for irregular menstruations, as well as to treat gonorrhea, cancer and rheumatisms. 

"The Anneda: The Tree of Life", by Jacques Mathieu, restores the Balsam Fir as the real "Tree of Life" that was quoted in many historical stories from the early colonies. This healing tree saved Jacques Cartier's marines who were afflicted with scurvy, and according to its reknown medicinal properties, as well as recent studies done by the Chicoutimi University, we can also use its extract to fight against cancer. They have, actually, shown in laboratories, that the Balsam Fir essential oils helps the death of the cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. It sure is a Tree of Life.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Needles and twigs
Extraction : Steam distillation
pH : 3.8-4
Aroma and taste : A woodsy taste and fragrance. Slightly musty and simultaneously wet and dry in smell. The taste is slightly flat and better in warm, sweetened drinks than in cold beverages.
Stability and Shelf Life : Stable; good for fourteen to sixteen months, although the aroma starts to fade around twelve months.

Properties and Applications

A good general system tonic, balsam fir is antiseptic and seems to boost the immune system. It is of great benefit to sufferers of seasonal affective disorder (add ¼ to ½ cup to the bath or shower for two or three times a week). Mucolytic and expectorant (respiratory, renal and reproductive systems), balsam fir can be used as a diuretic. It can also help remove fluid from joints and is a good topical compress for rheumatic, arthritic, muscular, and joint pain. Balsam fir is gently stimulating to circulation while calming the mind, being energetically expansive and opening. For chest congestion, use balsam fir in a compress, on its own or in combination with essential oils.

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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustraded Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element.
  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.