A team of researchers found that both Balsam fir needles as well as the essential oil of balsam fir needles can act as a Natural repellent for ticks.
It all started with the professor. Shelley Adamo of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, who noticed that ticks on her property in the South Shore, where balsam fir is densely grown, could not survive until next spring. So Adamo decided to investigate the effects of fir balm Individuals of the genus Ixodes – Ixodes scapularis. Known as deer tick, black-legged tick, and in some parts of the United States as bear tick, it is a vector Lyme disease. The study lasted three years and the results were published in the journal Scientific Reports.
As the researchers described, the ticks were placed in test tubes in the field as well as in incubators that simulated winter temperatures. Then balsam fir oil or one of the main components of balsam fir oil was added to each test tube. Scientists found it Both substances kill winter ticks.
“Few natural products are as effective as fir balm. It kills almost 100% of winter ticks” – emphasized the professor. Shelley Adamo, whose words were remembered by Dalhousie University.
“Whole spruce needles took several weeks to kill winter ticks, while the essential oil was fatal within days at lower temperatures. Room temperature (20 degrees) reduced the essential oil’s effectiveness in killing ticks by 50 percent.” – We read.
The discovery gives hope for that This natural resource can be used to reduce tick numbers as well as reduce the spread of Lyme disease.
balsam fir It is a tree species that belongs to the pine family. It is the most widespread species of fir in North America. It is found on mountain slopes, alluvial plains, peat bogs, swamps, forests and on the edge of wetlands. Balsam fir is sometimes grown as an ornamental plant.
The resin was obtained from balsam fir It is used all over the world and is, among other things, a very effective antiseptic and healing agent. Fir balsam needle oil can be used both externally and internally. On the other hand, oil based on balsam fir resin can only be used externally.
Fir balm is used, among other things, in the treatment of respiratory infections and the relief of rheumatic ailments.
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