Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Needle Oil: a North American Fir, native to most of eastern and central Canada. The resin is used to produce Canada balsam and is traditionally used as a cold remedy. The essential oil is steam distilled from the needles of the Balsam Fir tree. The aroma is bright and uplifting. Its overall action is considered stimulating and can be used to bring alertness to the mind. In addition, the oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.