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Laurel Hydrosol Blended with Conifers

by Andrea Butje on October 12, 2011

This summer during the Component Blending class, I made a Laurel Leaf hydrosol blend that has become my new favorite!

Recipe

Just under 2 oz (60 ml) Laurel Leaf Hydrosol (Bay Laurel -- Laurus nobilis)
10 drops Balsam Fir essential oil -- Abies balsamea
10 drops Pinon Pine essential oil -- Pinus edulis
10 drops Hemlock essential oil -- Tsuga canadensis
5 ml Solubol dispersant

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Balsam Fir Essential Oil

by Andrea Butje on January 28, 2011

Common Name: Balsam Fir
Latin Name: Abies balsamea

Balsam Fir is one of my closest essential oil companions.

My experience highlights Balsam Fir essential oil's wonderful immune supportive, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.

The pronounced monoterpene content of Balsam Fir essential oil suggests it can support movement in the body.

This means it can open up the lungs and sinuses, and vitalize the overall energy in the mind and body.

In the GC/MS report on Balsam Fir, we usually find some carene (δ-3) and limonene (d), along with (α) and (β) pinenes.

Some of the research properties for each component:

Carene (δ-3) -- anti-inflammatory and mucolytic

Limonene (d) -- activates white blood cells, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, immunostimulant, skin penetration enhancer

Pinene (α) -- anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal (candida), antispasmodic, antiviral

Pinene  (β) -- anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antispasmodic

To translate the research...

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