Balsam Fir Essential Oil
Balsam Fir is native to Canada and the Northern United States. It is a medium-sized evergreen tree with narrow cones and dark green leaves.
- Botanical Family: Pinaceae
- Other Common Names: Fir Needle (Canadian)
- Part of Plant Used: Needles, leaves, and twigs
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: There are other types of Fir trees that produce essential oils such as Douglas Fir, Siberian Fir and Silver Fir.
- Chemistry: Balsam Fir is comprised of monoterpenes (β-pinene, α-pinene, d-limonene, δ-3-carene) and esters (bornyl acetate).
- Immune System: supports the immune system
- Pregnancy: relief from issues focusing, anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue during and after pregnancy
- Respiratory: used to treat respiratory infections and other respiratory conditions
- Nervous System: supports relief from anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue
- Energetic: Wisdom, Creativity
- Spiritual: Supports the Heart Chakra with unconditional love. Supports the Third Eye Chakra focusing on grounding, protection, and clarity. Supports the Throat chakra associated with expression and communication.
- Scent Profile: Top note that is bright and woodsy
- Longevity: The aroma of Balsam Fir can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Woody, Balsamic
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cistus, Clary Sage, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Vetiver, and Wintergreen.
- No known issues
- Skin sensitization if oxidized
- Safe to use during pregnancy
Products Using Balsam Fir Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Healthy Living Publications, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES: Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.