Researchers believe that it was balsam fir (Albies balsamea) that was the “Balm of Gilead” and that it was one of the kingly gifts given to the Christ child. Known as “liquid gold” it was one of the three oils found in King Tutankhamen’s grave and thus considered of royal nature. It makes sense that the Magi representing the East in acknowledging Jesus as the “new King” would bring the “kingly oils.” How exactly did the ancient people use this oil? That is a bit of a mystery. We do know that they liked to breathe in its aroma because they lined their temples and homes with the wood of balsam fir trees. Fir or balsam is mentioned 18 times in the Bible in 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, the Psalms, the Song of Solomon, and in the prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Nahum and Zechariah. Balsam fir has been used for thousands of years for respiratory and muscular system ailments. Hildegard of Bingen in the twelfth century referred to balsam and said it was of royal nature and advised that it ought to be used as a medicine with great caution because it was so powerful. In more modern times, balsam fir has proved to be an anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory. It is used by many massage therapists because it is a relaxant to the nervous system and to muscle spasms.
In North America where balsam trees are plentiful, the Chippewas used the gum resin as an analgesic; the Menominees used gum resin for cold, cuts, lung and sores; Montagnais applied gum resin for chest or heart pain; Ojibwas used gum resin for colds, sores, sore eyes, venereal disease; the Penobscots used gum resin for cuts and sores; the Pillagers used needles in sweat baths; the Pottawatomies used gum resin for colds and sores; and the Caughnawagas used gum resin for cancers. Here is one of those clues found on our own continent as to the healing power of balsam fir.
The Primary Action of Balsam
Balsam is a powerful anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory. It’s chemistry shows that it is over 90% monoterpenes making it highly anti-inflammatory. It is a relaxant to the nervous system and to muscle spasms, can lower cortisol levels and it has been shown to inhibit MCF-7 (aggressive Breast Cancer cells). A combination of balsam fir and frankincense together are showing great ability to inhibit breast cancers. How is it being used? By daily topical application in a 50-50 dilution on site. If this were a pharmaceutical drug application, it would be hailed as a medical break-through. Women learning about this who have a family history of aggressive breast cancer are opting for prophylactic application of balsam and frankincense on their breasts. I have also heard many personal testimonies of women who experience frequent cyst formations who try this and find that these cysts disappear without further medical intervention.
Where Is the Research on This? Since there is no money to be made in studying the medicines of the earth, most research findings are anecdotal either conducted by small clinics, individual doctors or naturopaths or through individual personal testimonies of those who have opted for complementary methods of healing. As often is the case, individuals who have gone the traditional medical model route have “tried everything” and still have their cancer. Having “nothing to lose” they try complementary health care solutions and are amazed to find tumors shrinking or disappearing. It is my belief that as more people become educated to know that they have choices-more will make informed decisions about their personal healthcare choices. Please note that complementary health care including essential oils does not work for everyone just as chemotherapy does not work for everyone. It is a choice-but one that causes no cell damage as chemotherapy does.