Fir Balsam Essential Oil

Fir Balsam Essential Oil
Two thousand years ago, in an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea, numerous rare and special balsam trees sprouted from the terraces and hills of Engedi. The balsam oil from Engedi and Jericho was considered by the Greeks and Romans to be the finest in the world for its fragrance and as a medicinal salve. In fact, the city’s name, Jericho, derived from the root Rayach (fragrance), alluded to the ancient presence of balsam trees in the area.
 
As a close relative to myrrh, author Gil Marks writes, Varieties of balsam grew wild throughout much of the land surrounding the Red Sea. The one that produces the superior resin is Commiphora opobalsamum, a 10- to 12-foot high tree with a deep brown bark and small trifoliate leaves. During the heat and humidity of the summer, the aromatic resin spontaneously oozes out in drops from cracks in the lower section of the trunk, a process fostered with manmade incisions. The whitish balm gradually turns gray and solid. The still fluid sap may be added to oil, which absorbs the intoxicating fragrance. Solidified balm may be pulverized and added to oil or mixed with other resins. Balm, although very expensive, constituted a significant component of life in ancient Israel.
 
According to legend, balsam was originally brought to Israel from Arabia by the Queen of Sheba among her gifts to King Solomon. However, balm was already a prominent export from Canaan at the time of the Patriarchs in Genesis 37:25.
 
In 1996, the “Biblical Archaeology Review” reported that during the excavation of the ancient city of Gilead, they unearthed the remains of a building used for the manufacture of balsam essential oil. This oil known as the “Balm of Gilead” is noted in Jeremiah 8:22:
 
“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” 
 
This balm of Gilead was known for its miraculous healing of wounds. The production of this healing balm was so well guarded that archaeologists found this inscription on the mosaic floor of an ancient ruin: 
 
“Whoever reveals the secret of the village to the gen-tiles, the one whose eyes roam over the entire earth and sees what is concealed will uproot this person and his seed from the sun.”
 
Its botanical name, Abies balsamea, derives its pale yellow oil from needles which are 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long with two white stripes running down the underside of each needle.
 
Note: Middle
 
Strength of Aroma: Strong
 
Blends well with: Pine, Cedarwood, Benzoin, Lavender, Spruce, Frankincense, Lemon and Rosemary.
 
Bible References: Genesis 37:25, Genesis 43:11, Jeremiah 8:22, Jeremiah 46:22, Jeremiah 51:8, Ezekiel 27:17
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Hebrew Word: Balm of Gilead
6875 yrIc. tseriy {tser-ee’} or yrIc tsoriy {tsor-ee’} 
Meaning: 1) a kind of balsam, balm, salve 1a) as merchandise 1b) as medicine 
 
Fir Balsam Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant Origin: Canada
 
Traditional Uses: Fir Balsam has long been used in folk remedy for bronchitis, burns, catarrh and cold.
 
Medical Properties:Fir Balsam Essential Oil is often used to combat the symptoms of colds – including bronchitis, cough and chest congestion. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to alleviate pain caused by sore muscles and arthritis.
 
Caution: Fir Balsam Essential Oil is reported to produce dermatitis when applied as perfume in concentrated form. Use well diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy. 
 
Anandaapothecary.com’s website reports, “As a simple aromatic, Fir is highly prized. Its overall action is considered stimulating, and can be used to bring alertness to the mind, or diluted and applied topically to the adrenal areas or the body in general it may help general fatigue.
 
Fir oil is also indicated as an analgesic, and can be diluted in a carrier oil for massage in cases of arthritis, muscular aches and pains, and rheumatism. It has been included in some cough and cold remedies, and may act as an expectorant – the essential oil has been researched for its ability to kill airborne germs and bacteria.”
 
Known for supporting respiratory function, this wonderful holiday fragrance can be diffused for aromatherapy or diluted with a carrier oil for topical application. 
 
Balsam’s Spiritual Significance
Just as the gum exuded from the Balsam tree into liquid droplets and harden into ˜tears, those tears represent the tears shed in prayer, an example set by Yeshua himself, recorded in Hebrews 5:7: 
 
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. 
 
Do we pray? Do we shed unfeigned tears as we cry out to Yahweh for help? Do we shed tears of true repentance? What about the tears when we weep and mourn for what is happening around us in this world today as we pray for Yahweh’s Kingdom to come, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4).