Best Uses of Balsamic essential oils

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Best Uses of Balsamic essential oils
Best Uses of Balsamic essential oils

Best Uses of Balsamic essential oils

Best Uses of Balsamic essential oils
Best Uses of Balsamic essential oils
Although the word balsamic is generally associated with an expensive gourmet vinegar nowadays, originally it meant “derived from balsam” – which is another word for resin.

There are several essential oils which include the word balsam in their names (not all of which are actually derived from resin). In today’s post, I will be covering the four most commonly found, Canadian balsam, copaiba balsam, Peru balsam, and Tolu balsam and another which is sometimes called Canada balsam, Tsuga.

Note: Friars’ balsam BP is a conventional medicine prepared from Liquidambar orientalis and Benzoin sumatra extracts. It is an old-fashioned treatment for the relief of cold symptoms, used in steam inhalation, readily available in chemists (possibly also in drug stores Stateside), but probably not in aromatherapy stores. As it’s not regarded as an aromatherapy product, it will not be referred to further here.

Canadian balsam

Abies balsamea

Canadian balsam is a name used for two different essential oils.

The first is distilled from the oleoresin collected from Abies balsamea (syn. A. balsamiferaA. xphanerolepis and Pinus balsamea). Other names for this tree include American silver fir, balm of Gilead fir*, balsam fir, balsam tree, Canada balsam, eastern fir, fir balsam or just balsam.

* Balm of Gilead, also called Balm of Mecca, is an ancient remedy extracted from Commiphora gileadensis syn. C. opobalsamum. It is mentioned in the Bible but is no longer used. Its legendary healing properties and rarity have led to the name being applied to other sources of balsam, including Abies balsamea and Populus candicans.

Safety Precautions

The oleoresin is sometimes used in perfumes and has been shown to cause dermatitis in some people. In any case, do not use Canadian balsam essential oil in large amounts – excess use may cause nausea and/or act as a purgative.

Uses

Test dilute essential oil on the joint inside the elbow, leave for 24 hours and check results before using more extensively.

Before use, dilute in the usual way with a suitable carrier oil if using for massage or direct application. Canadian balsam essential oil is used for asthmabronchitisbruisesburnscatarrhchronic coughcutscystitisdepressionhemorrhoidsnervous tensionsore nipplessore throatstress, and urinary infections.

Canada balsam

Tsuga canadensis

Another oil sometimes called Canada basalm is collected from the hemlock spruce, Tsuga canadensis (syn. Abies canadensis var. gracilisPicea canadensis and Pinus canadensis), also called Canadian hemlock, eastern hemlock, eastern hemlock-spruce or just hemlock.

Uses

Before use, dilute in the usual way with a suitable carrier oil if using for massage or direct application.

Usually labeled Tsuga or spruce essential oil, it is analgesic (pain-relieving), antimicrobialanti-rheumatic and antiseptic and is used for arthritic painexternal ulcersmuscular pain, and open wounds. Another important use, resulting from research at Brigham University in 2003, is to treat breast and cervical cancer. It is the most effective treatment for cervical cancer available to the aromatherapist and ranks number three (after myrtle and sandalwood) for breast cancer.

Copaiba balsam

Copaifera officinalis

Copaiba balsam essential oil distilled from balsam collected by drilling holes in the trunk of Copaifera officinalis trees (formerly Copaiva officinalis). Also sometimes called copahu balsam, copaiva, Jesuit’s balsam, Maracaibo balsam, and para balsam.

Safety Precautions

Generally considered safe, but may cause sensitization. Before use, dilute in the usual way with a suitable carrier oil if using for massage or direct application.

Uses

Before use, dilute in the usual way with a suitable carrier oil if using for massage or direct application.

Copaiba essential oil is used for bronchitiscoldscoughscystitishemorrhoidsintestinal infections, and stress.

Peru balsam

Myroxylon balsamum var. pereirae

Tolu balsam

Myroxylon balsamum var. balsamum

Peru balsam and Tolu balsam are different varieties of Myroxylon balsamum. Balsam of Tolu comes from M.b. var. balsamum (syn. Toluifera balsamum) and balsam of Peru from M.b. var. pereirae (syn. Myrospermum pereiraeMyroxylon pereirae, and Toluifera pereirae), though Peru balsam is sometimes just labeled as Myroxylon balsamum. Both types of essential oil are produced by distillation of balsam collected from the tree.

Uses

Before use, dilute in the usual way with a suitable carrier oil if using for massage or direct application.

Peru balsam essential oil is used for asthmabronchitischapped skincoldscoughsdry skineczemalow blood pressurenervous tensionrashesrheumatismstress, and open wounds.

Tolu balsam essential oil is used for bronchitiscatarrhchapped skincoughscracked skincroupdry skineczemalaryngitisrashesscabies, and open wounds.

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