Christmas trees are magical, aren’t they?
With their lights and ornaments, you can’t help but have a joyful song in your heart when you’re around one. It’s sad when we take them down.
Want to capture the magic of your Christmas tree all year long?
Most of us living in Maine use native Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) for our Christmas tree.
Did you know that Balsam Fir has powerful healing properties?
Balsam Fir can be used to help soothe sore muscles; reduce stress and tension; heal respiratory conditions like coughs; reduce arthritis pain; prevent infections of cuts; and it’s an awesome gargle for sore throats.
Teas can be made from the young shoots and leaves. Using the resin, you can make poultices to put on burns and wounds. In the winter/early spring the raw bark is sweet and pleasant to chew.
The refreshing, uplifting lemony scent can also help ease the winter blues. Very magical
Capture the magic throughout the year by enjoying a Rosemary + Fir bath to calm and soothe your body, and a Balsam Fir seasoning mix to enhance your culinary delights. Find recipes below.
Enjoy making your own magic!!
*** BEFORE using any part of your tree (or any plant), make sure you know the source and if it was treated with pesticides or any other materials. IF IT WAS TREATED in any way, DO NOT USE it for food, medicinal or body care products.
Rosemary + Fir Needle Tub Tea
(Compliments of Kami McBride)
1 tablespoon dried Rosemary* needles/leaves
2 tablespoons dried Balsam Fir needles/leaves
1 muslin tea bag
Put the needles in the muslin tea bag. Secure it tightly.
Hook or tie the bag under the water spout while the tub is filling with water.
Once the tub is full, remove the bag from the spout and let it float in the tub.
Squeeze the bag several times while you are in the tub. Remove the bag when you are finished.
The bag can be used a couple more times, within 2-3 days. After that, it will get moldy.
When finished with the bag, you can remove the needles and compost them. The bag can be washed and re-used.
* Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) is a warming, uplifting herb. It’s healing properties include improving circulation and relaxing muscles. A perfect addition to your bath!
** Tip – Make a big batch of this tea and keep it in a container so it’s readily available for all your bath times.
Balsam Fir Seasoning
(Compliments of Andrea at Frugally Sustainable)
Mix together and then fill a pepper mill or salt grinder with:
1 part dried balsam fir needles
1 part dried balsam fir bark
1 part dried lemon peel
1 part peppercorns
1 part course Himalayan pink salt
This seasoning adds a nice lemony flavor to foods and is great on salads, cooked vegetables, chicken, fish, etc.
*** REMEMBER before using any part of your tree (or any plant), make sure you know the source and if it was treated with pesticides or any other materials. IF IT WAS TREATED in any way, DO NOT USE it for food, medicinal or body care products.