Essential oils come from all over the world. Given our abundance of forest, Canada is well known for its ‘tree’ essential oils.
Black Spruce for example, is invigorating and revitalizing to the whole being and is suitable to use with respiratory issues and rheumatic pain.
Eastern White Pine can be used to reduce anxiety and stress. Its warming properties make it suitable to use for rheumatic pain. It is also a powerful essential oil to diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle – as it helps prevent the spread of flu and other air borne viruses.
Balsam Fir is the very recognizable ‘Christmas tree’ smell! It is a powerful essential oil to diffuse for relief with respiratory congestion. Make a muscle rub by blending with a carrier oil for relief of muscular and joint pain.
I carry Black Spruce, Eastern White Pine, Balsam Fir, and Spruce Hemlock, which are wild-crafted and distilled in Quebec. I also carry a Chocolate Peppermint and White Sage from the same distiller (in very small quantities); and I recently started carrying a local lavender from a farmer in Moffat, Ontario.
Each of these is available for ‘sniff’ testing at my market stall at the Guelph Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
Worth a read: Pichette et al. (2006), ‘Composition and antibacterial activity of Abies balsamea essential oil’; Phytotherapy Research, pp. 371-3.