I am writing this post while vacationing on an island in the Penobscot Bay Area of Maine. We are surrounded by balsam fir trees along the water’s edge which fill the air with the most wonderful clean pine scent that reminds us of Christmas. Many of the small local gift shops here sell decorative pillows and sachets which are filled with balsam twigs, ground bark and needles.
When researching the Balsam Fir, I learned that written records of folklore go back over 700 years showing how the balsam was used medicinally by many of the Northeastern tribes. Uses include relieving headaches and congestion. It can help asthma patients to breathe easier. Many people sleep with a small balsam pillow in their beds. It is calming and relaxing to the nerves. Think of the clean fresh scent as additions to a lingerie drawer or closet.
I am sure to bring home to Connecticut balsam pillows.