THE SECRETS OF BALSAM FIR: CHEMICAL FOCUS

5 Posted by - August 22, 2017 - Oil Science

Balsam fir essential oil, easily identified by its fresh, earthy and woodsy scent, is made up of several chemical constituents that give it multiple health and beauty benefits. It has a long history of being used for everything from healing cuts to padding pillows for peaceful sleep. Two of balsam fir’s main constituents, alpha-pinene and δ-3-carene, are largely responsible for its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antioxidant properties. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the top health benefits associated with these two constituents.

Alpha-pinene

Alpha-pinene plays a significant role in balsam fir essential oil’s ability to fight off infections. Its anti-microbial action is particularly effective against common pathogenic fungi and bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and E. Coli. In addition, alpha-pinene has been shown to decrease the amounts of bacteria in your body that produces foul odors, which is why balsam fir is often used in the personal hygiene industry. Research is still being performed to determine exactly how alpha-pinene does this.

Carene

Carene is well known for its anti-inflammatory and mucolytic properties, giving balsam fir essential oil the ability to help relieve respiratory distress, particularly when it is caused by the common cold or flu. It works by loosening mucus stuck in the airways and helping relieve inflammation in the throat and bronchial tubes. Research also indicates that these abilities could help prevent someone from contracting the common cold or flu.

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