Balsam Fir Essential Oils

Derived from the very kind of tree many find their Christmas presents under every year, this essential oil has an aroma that is described as having the crisp scent of a freshly cut Christmas tree with a medium consistency. Though the essential oil is used commonly in household cleaners and air fresheners, fir balsam was actually used as a type of breath-freshening chewing gum of sorts back in the American Civil War era. Balsam fir essential oil blends well with rosemary, spruce, lavender, cedarwood, pine, and more.

Overall Benefits of Balsam Fir Essential Oils

  • Effective when used as a detoxifying agent to cleanse numerous systems in the body, they push toxins from the body by kicking the liver into high gear and also flushes out toxins through perspiration
  • Can prevent infection by stimulating the immune system with antiseptic organic compounds
  • After an intense workout, it can calm and joints and muscles with a soothing but uplifting effect
  • Support respiratory system health
  • Help balance emotions

Uses for Balsam Fir Essential Oils

This essential oil is used a lot during the Christmas season in potpourri and other types of air freshening devices but is refreshing and pleasant all year round. It encourages an atmosphere reminiscent of the great outdoors. With the aromatic properties of balsam fir, it is of particular use in bath oils, perfumes, and other cosmetic products. Various parts of fir trees have been used to combat rheumatism, heart disease, kidney problems, and to treat infections, boils, insect bites, wounds, sores, and itching. It has also been effective against tuberculosis, menstrual irregularities, and (reportedly) some types of cancer.


Some individuals with sensitive skin may have reactions to various essential oils, including balsam fir. For pregnant ladies, it is recommended that you use only diluted balsam fir essential oils to avoid uterine sensitivity.