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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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