Hello Karen again--
I just read the following: "The scent of balsam provides many pleasurable and soothing benefits. History documents itís use as a headache reliever, as well as a decongestant. Aromatherapy practitioners tell us the fragrance of balsam provides stress relief and helps to lift your spirits. For most people, the fragrance conjures memories of the forest, holidays, and festive times. The use of balsam pillows in the home provides a scent near the pillow while affording the ever present opportunity to reach out and breathe in a long breath of the north woods."