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Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) Essential Oil

Balsam Fir, Bark (Abies balsamea) Essential Oil


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Balsam Fir, Bark (Abies balsamea) Essential Oil

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  • Québec vrai
  • USDA Organic

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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 : Bark
Extraction : Steam distillation
Main Components : α-pinene, ß-pinene, Δ-3-carene, ß-phellandrene, limonene, myrcene.
Oil Characteristics : Transparent and clear fluid
Properties :

Antiseptic++, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic+, anti-arthrosic+, stimulant, analgesic.

Indications :

Rhinitis+, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis++ (staphylococus aureus), colds+, aerophagia+, ascaridiosis, arthrosis, and arthritis+, rheumatism, gynecological disorder (gonorrhea), cancer (?)

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Purifing and increase verticality.

Stimulates the crown and the hearth chakra.

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In a number of delicatessen, we can find fir jam or infused salad dressing or even tisane of the fresh shoots. 


Balsam fir is used for its fresh and fruity aroma in many soaps and multipurpose detergents.


Typical coniferous smell, yet mildly sweet and fruity. Head and heart notes. The smell of the essential oil made from the bark is less sweet and more resinous than the one obtained from the needles.


The synergy of Sweet Orange and Balsam Fir creates energising and uplifting atmosphere during winter time.

Therapeutical uses

  • Diffusion: respiratory disorders
  • Thoracic rubs: lungs problems
  • Local rubs: muscular and joints pain
  • Massages: muscular and joints pain
  • Suppository: Lungs problems
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Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Daniel, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.
  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustraded Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.
  • MATHIEU, Jacques, L'annedda, L'Arbre de Vie, Éditions Septentrion