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July 27, 2010
Balsam Fir Essential Oil is one of the most beneficial essential oils used in modern aromatherapy. It is steam distilled from buds and leaves of Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica) or Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea). As it becomes obvious from the name of the tree, Siberian fir is used for producing essential oils in Russia and the Far East, and Balsam fir grows in North America and is used for producing balsam fir oil for the US.
This oil has a very clear fresh bright and uplifting aroma which can resurrect in our mind the greatest memories of our life: the memories about sweet Christmas times. Balsam fir oil consists mostly of two ingredients: terpenes and bornyl acetate. This essential oil has been known and used for centuries since the times of Ancient Egypt. In particular, it is believed that balsam fir oil was used for embalming and was found in King Tutankhamen’s grave.
Balsam fir essential oil benefits are numerous. This oil has clear anti-inflammatory, relaxant and coagulant properties. It is mostly used for massages and other types of aromatherapy for relaxing nervous tension, muscle tension, cramps and spasms. It is also a very effective natural remedy for relieving the symptoms of various respiratory problems, including chronic coughs, running nose, high fever, sore throat, and others.
In addition, balsam fir oil benefits embrace the properties of this oil to relieve swellings and aches related to arthritis, as well as as relieving low back pains and lumbago. It has very strong uplifting powers which make it an excellent remedy for depression, stresses, mental and physical fatigue and other related ailments.
Finally, some researches showed that balsam fir oil can inhibit Aggressive Breast Cancer cells formation, especially in conjunction with olibanum. Studies have shown that these two natural remedies can work together very well and help to fight against seven most common types of cancer. However, further researches are needed to understand the nature of these therapeutic effects of balsam fir oil. In the context of aromatherapy, balsam fir essential oil can be successfully blended with Lavender, Blue Chamomile, Myrtle and Lemon essential oils.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.