Balsam Fir, Idaho

Balsam Fir Essential Oil

Soothes Muscles, Joints and Tendons

Idaho Balsam Fir Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil (Abies balsamea) is unique and exclusive to Young Living Essential Oils and is harvested yearly from Bonner's Ferry, our farm in northern Idaho.

Balsam fir looks much like a beautiful conifer tree—similar to something you would decorate during the Christmas season. At the balsam fir winter harvest in northern Idaho, the entire tree is cut and delicately distilled. At the balsam fir winter harvest, Gary Young personally selects each balsam fir tree and oversees the entire harvest and distillation process. What better way to ensure maximum purity and potency (read more about the Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ standard) than having one of the world’s leading distillation experts present? During the past few harvest seasons, Gary has also invited Young Living members to participate in this unique event. Watch for upcoming information on how you can join Young Living for the 2010 Idaho Balsam Fir harvest!

Idaho Balsam Fir Harvest at Young Living's St. Maries FarmHistorical Data: The natural plant constituents in balsam fir essential oil have historically been prized through the ages for its medicinal effects and it has been used for a variety of issues, from supporting respiratory function to easing muscular and joint discomfort. To use balsam fir for respiratory support, simply inhale straight from the bottle or include a few drops in a Young Living diffuser—the fresh pine scent is very grounding and relaxing. Balsam fir can also be beneficial as part of a therapeutic massage. To use, mix one part balsam fir with one part Young Living V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and massage onto trouble spots. The primary natural plant constituents absorbed through the skin are alpha-pinene, beta pinene, camphene, and limonene. When used together, these key constituents can work to soothe localized muscular discomfort.

Whether you want to soothe tired muscles or need some extra winter respiratory support, reach for the natural relief of balsam fir essential oil—available in 5 and 15 ml bottles. 

Bible References to Balsam Fir Essential Oil:

  • 2 Samuel 6:5 — "And David and all the house of israel played before the Lord on all manner of [instruments made of] fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals."
  • 1 Kings 5:8 — "And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: [and] I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir."
  • 1 Kings 5:10 — "So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees [according to] all his desire."

Key Molecules of Balsam Fir Essential Oil:
Alpha-Pinene — 28-49%
Beta Pinene — 14-24%
Camphene — 13-20%
Limonene — 13-20%

  • fragrance is stimulating to the mind, yet comforting to the body
  • the fragrance is physically grounding and relaxing and aids with emotional balance (good for those who get moody)
  • apply on joints or tendons to sooth rheumatic pain, tired muscles and back pain

Safety Precautions

  • It has been approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA. 
  • Direct application could result in skin irritation (Dilution with vegetable oil is recommended). 
  • May cause photosensitivity, avoid sunlight for 3-6 hours after use.
  • Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it si advised not to use it in the manner for children under 6 years of age.

Published Research on Balsam Fir Essential Oil:
HerbClip: A Case Report Describing the Use of Essential Oil Diffusion for Child's Respiratory Illness ~ Hedayat KM. Essential oil diffusion for the treatment of persistent oxygen dependence in a three-year-old child with restrictive lung disease with respiratory syncytial virus pneumonia. Explore. 2008;4(4): 264-266. Essential oils are volatile liquids that readily enter the tracheobronchial tree by passive inhalation. Such oils have demonstrated properties that may suggest novel treatment approaches to respiratory disease... The balsam fir (Abies balsamea) is reputed to have strong antimicrobial action, particularly with regard to pulmonary infections. This case review presents a three-year-old female with central core myopathy, restrictive lung disease, and scoliosis. The child was admitted to the hospital for respiratory syncytial virus, pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress. She had an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, with acute desaturation episodes, even while receiving high-flow oxygen and mucolytic therapy. On the eighth day of the hospitalization, the previous treatments were discontinued and an essential oil mixture consisting of spike lavender, Spanish marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint was nebulized at the parents' request. Three drops were applied to a fibrous filter inserted into the base of a fan diffuser, and the mixture was diffused every six hours into the room for passive inhalation. Within 12 hours, oxygen requirement was reduced, blood oxygen saturation increased, and desaturation episodes abated. On the second day of oil use (tenth day of hospitalization), the child was weaned of the oxygen and discharged home.

HerbClip: Historical Use of Arginine for Scurvy communis ~ In nitrogen N poor forest soils lacking fertilizer arginine is the main source of N for boreal conifers Fir Abies spp spruce and pine Pinus spp needles have 2 5 to 8 8 mg protein 100 g fresh weight.

Balsam Fir is an ingedient in Young Living's Deep Relief Roll-OnBalsam Fir can be used for the following Wellness Solutions: supports the circulatory system, balances the respiratory, muscular and circulatory systems, boosting stamina and energy. Balsam Fir also helps to clear urinary tract infections and can be used in Raindrop Technique for spine issues such as scoliosis, lumbago and sciatica.

Fragrance: grounding, stimulating to the mind and relaxing to the body.


To learn more about essential oils and to experience the application of therapeutic grade essential oils, join one of our workshops. I also offer individual Aromatherapy consultation. To book a session, please sms 016-4525363 and I will call you back.


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