Canadian Balsam Essential Oil
Latin name: Abies balsamea
Synonyms: A. Balsamifera, balsam fir, Canadian turpentine
Plant family: Abeitaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the gum resin
Origin: North America
Plant characteristics: A tall evergreen tree in the shape of a perfect cone. It forms blisters of resin/balsam in the bark, which is collected and distilled.
Canadian Balsam Essential Oil characteristics: A colourless liquid with a soft, balsamic, pine-like scent.
Traditional use: Was used by Native Americans for treatment of burns, sores and cuts and to relieve heart and chest pains.
Blends well with: Juniper, Lavender, Pine, Lemon and Linden.
Cautions and comments: non-toxic and non-irritating. Used in haemorrhoid creams in the pharmaceutical industry.
Main chemical constituents: pinene, phellandrene (85%), esters and alcohols (20%)
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.