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The Brilliance of Balsam Fir

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Hailing from Canada, dōTERRA® Balsam Fir is one of those magically woodsy oils that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season, and available only through special promotion at this time. Yes, it's only October; but we all know that the holidays pounce on us quickly just as soon as fall has a chance to get into full swing. Now is the time to start thinking about which oils we'll want to have on hand for those cozy winter days spent with friends and family!

There are so many reasons that Balsam Fir is a perfect oil for the holiday season. The balsam fir tree itself has the auspicious honor of having been selected multiple times as the United States Capitol Christmas tree. Richly fragrant and classically shaped, with long-lasting green needles, the balsam fir is the epitome of resilience. As an evergreen, it thrives in cold temperatures where its dense green needles provide shelter and food for the animals of the North American forest. Beavers, those master woodland architects, rely on the balsam fir in constructing their dams, meaning that these trees literally shape our landscape in more ways than one.

Diffuse beautiful Balsam Fir when you want to take in the distinct aroma of a pine forest. Use it to make a refreshing and woody room spray by adding several drops to a small spray bottle filled with water and other oils—try it with Wild Orange! Combine a few drops of Balsam Fir with unscented lotion or body butter and apply as part of an invigorating massage, or add a couple of drops to a warm bath with Epsom salts for a rejuvenating experience at the end of a chilly day. Get ready to watch the snow fall and breathe in the scent of the season, all wrapped up in the festive warmth of your home.

Emotionally, Balsam Fir brings the feelings of grounding and stability that we crave. To experience these aromatic benefits, apply Balsam Fir to the bottoms of feet; inhale deeply to begin your day. To promote feelings of clearer breathing, apply this woodsy oil directly to the chest, diluting if necessary to prevent skin sensitivity. Balsam Fir also has a calming effect on overworked muscles and joints, ministering to those achy and tense areas in much the same way it can soothe feelings of stress. To cleanse the surrounding air and uplift mood, plug in this Balsam Fir diffuser blend:

Crystal Clear

• 2 drops Balsam Fir

• 2 drops Peppermint

• 3 drops Lemon

Speaking of emotional support, most people know that bringing a support animal along can be a great help for people with all sorts of unique needs. Yet, despite how much one may love and benefit from an animal, there isn't always the ability or clearance to bring them along. Have you thought about using your dōTERRA oils for discrete on-the-go emotional support? Others might not even notice what you're doing, although you'll likely end up sharing with someone along the way! It's amazing how aromas like strong, grounding Balsam Fir can help increase the peace factor for both mind and body.

Peaceful Walk

• 3 drops Copaiba

• 2 drops Balsam Fir

Native Americans have employed balsam fir for thousands of years for therapeutic purposes. From brewing tea with the needles to actually consuming them, indigenous peoples learned to live in an intimate relationship with these giants of the deep forests of North America. Today, Balsam Fir oil is probably most beloved for its brilliant, enlivening aroma. Bright and fresh, Balsam Fir transforms an ordinary space into a calm sanctuary, courtesy of the wild woodlands. Bring its brilliance home today, and be ready for the holidays that await just around the corner.