Douglas Fir Balm
A gently scented, warming massage balm for sore, achy muscles and joints. Some compounds in Douglas fir needles and resin may increase circulation and reduce inflammation; others have anti-microbial and antifungal properties and can help speed the healing of dry or cracked skin on the hands, elbows, knees and feet. As you apply the balm, it warms and gently releases the lovely, uplifting fragrance of our beloved iconic Pacific Northwest Christmas tree. Keep away from eyes.
Ingredients: olive oil* infused with wildcrafted Douglas fir needles and resin, coconut oil*, cold-pressed hemp seed oil*, beeswax, vitamin E, Douglas fir essential oil*.
This balm starts in the spring with the careful and respectful collection of the delicate, lime-green new growth of the fir tree. The tender tips are washed, dried and then steeped in organic olive oil in my sunny studio window for 6 - 8 weeks. After steeping the resulting oil is gently fragrant with notes of fir and fruit, and is a beautiful rich green color. Throughout the year on my forest walks I also watch for fir tree resins (pitch) which I collect. Some of this very beneficial resin is dissolved into the oil, as well.
Like other evergreen conifers, Douglas fir needles and resin are high in aromatic resins that fight infection, and stimulate immunity and blood circulation. Both fresh young needles and dried older needles are useful for fighting colds and boosting energy. Douglas fir also supports skin health through acting as an antimicrobial, providing vitamin C and acting as a gentle astringent that soothes inflammation. Click here for an informative article on the benefits of Douglas fir.
This balm also contains a measure of beautifully deep green cold-pressed Hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil has an optimal ratio of the essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6, which strengthen the skin's protective layer. It’s good for dry, and also problematic skin with eczema and psoriasis. The oil also contains antioxidants and vitamins, which has regenerating and skin-building properties. Due to it’s high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids, organic hemp oil is a light and a very "dry" oil, which makes it good for the care of mixed, oily and acne-prone skin.
Disclaimer: These statements are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the FDA. The use of herbs for the prevention or cure of disease has not been approved by the FDA or USDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease