Anne Marie Carr is a writer and teacher who has researched and has an interest in crystal healing and herbalism.
Balsam Fir: The Original Christmas Tree
Balsam fir, also known as abes balsamea, is a fir tree. Other nicknames for this plant include "Canada balsam" and "Christmas tree". Because of the value associated with this tree, there are many rules as far as the legality goes when foraging for this herb, but you can probably find what you need at natural remedy and herbal stores if you are looking for this plant. Balsalm fir does well in well drained soil in full sun.
1. Pain Reliever
One of the most common uses for this plant is as an analgesic. Balsalm fir can be used to treat common pain associated with the skin such as wounds, burns, and sore muscles. In addition, balsalm fir may also be useful in the treatment of oral pain, including toothaches and gum pain.
2. Respiratory Healing
In addition to its healing properties in other parts of the body, balsam fir is also very useful when it comes to healing respiratory issues. It may help to sooth sore throat and cough, as well as potentially healing infections related to respiratory wellness. If you have a cough that just won't go away, it might be a good idea to look into the healing effects of balsam fir for your cough. You may be able to use a tea infusion to help settle it down.
Balsam fir may also be useful as an anti-inflammatory, especially in relation to any gastrointestinal issues. If you are dealing with cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), this might also be useful in helping ease the pain and lessen symptoms.
Smoking Cessation Aid
4. Quitting Smoking
One of the more unique benefits of this plant is its alleged aid in helping smokers to quit smoking. Because of the many withdrawal effects that many experience when they want to quit smoking, it is often difficult for those wanting to quit to totally commit knowing that they may suffer some irritability and sleepless nights. However, it has been said that balsam fir may help with the insomnia, irritability, and discomforts associated with quitting smoking. It is definitely a remedy to look into in addition to other methods if you are thinking about quitting smoking.
Balsam fir has is also a common plant used as an antiseptic. It may help to heal infections, especially in relation lung issues and lung infections. If you are struggling with an ailment such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or other infections of the lung, it is useful to rely on your doctor's advice or that of a medical professional, but it might be useful to research the benefits of using balsam fir in addition to other remedies to help you during this time. Always talk to your doctor before trying any herbal remedies at home!
Ways To Use It
There are three specific ways that you can use balsam fir to treat ailments: an infusion, a tincture, or a salve. An infusion is typically when you steep the extract of the plant into your tea, and this is usually a good idea if you are planning on treating sore throat or coughing issues. It is also one of the easiest ways to consume the plant. A tincture would be a concentrated liquid that you would take a few droplets of every day, depending on how much it tells you. For balsam fir, the typical recommendation is 1 dropperful 1 to 3 times a day, which is taken orally. A salve is a topical treatment that may be useful in treating skin conditions and pain relief in relation to balsam fir. It is always best to look for these products in natural medicine stores before trying to make any of the remedies yourself. If you do decide on making it yourself, make sure you consult with a professional herbalist to make sure you are doing it correctly!
I certify that I am not a doctor and none of these ideas should be used to treat conditions alone. It is recommended that you always seek the help and advice of a medical doctor if you are dealing with medical issues. Herbal remedies can be beneficial, but should not be used as a replacement for any kind of treatment you are receiving from a doctor.