Balsam Fir Abies balsamea (L.)Mill.
- Common Names
- Balsam Fir , Christmas tree, North American fir
- Botanical Name
- Abies balsamea (L.)Mill.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Balsam Fir
- Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy
* Cuts & Wounds
* North American
* Pain Relief
* Sore Throat
- Properties: * Analgesic * Antibacterial * Antitussive * Astringent * Expectorant * Rubefacient
How to Use: Balsam Fir
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The essential oil is distilled from the needles and used in aromatherapy. The leaves, twigs and bark can be used in herbal teas, and added to cough syrups.
Balsam Fir : Essential Oil Profile
Fir needles are known for their disinfecting properties. Balsam fir oil has a frest green scent of a pine forest in the winter. The essential oil can be used to treat burns, colds, cough, cuts, muscle aches and pains, sore throat, and wounds. Fir needle oil can be added to many homemade cleaners and disinfectants.
- Plant Class: Evergreen Tree
- Etymology: The common name fir is usually only applied to members of the pine family the have pyramidal or conical shapes.
- Flowers/Fruit/Seeds: Erect cones mature in one season by drop their scales when ripe,with the stems remaining on the tree, releasing winged seeds in the fall. Both male and female flowers are on the same tree
- Parts used: Bark, twigs, leaves, resin
- Leaves: Flat, needle-like leaves are attatched singulary in sprial, twisted bases appear in 2 horizontal rows.
- Habit: Balsam fir is a small to medium-size evergreen tree reaching to 60 feet tall, with a narrow conic crown
- Distribution: Native to North America the tree thrives in the cold climates of eastern and central Canada and the northeastern United States (Minnesota east to Maine, ranging south in the Appalachian Mountains to West Virginia).
Regional Traditions :North America *