Latin Name: Abies balsamea
Plant Family: Pinaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the bark & resin
Canadian Balsam Essential Oil is a colourless liquid with a soft, balsamic, pine-like scent.
A graceful evergreen tree that grows up to twenty meters high with a tapering trunk and numerous branches giving the tree shape of a perfect cone. It forms blisters of oleoresin on the trunk, branches, produced from special vesicles beneath the bark. The tree does not produce a "true" balsam since it does not contain benzoic or cinnamic acid in its esters, it is really an oleoresin, being a mixture of resin and essential oil. Native to North America.