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PERU BALSAM
Balsam of Peru

(Myroxylon Pereirae, Myroxylon Balsamum)





  • Peru Balsam Description
  • Peru Balsam Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
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    PERU BALSAM DESCRIPTION

    Peruvian Balsam (Myroxylon Pereirae; M. Balsamum; Balsam of Peru) is a lofty evergreen tree found in El Salvador, native to Central American region. It is found in the region bordering the Pacific Ocean known as the Balsam Coast, but it is also grows wild throughout much of Central America, in southern Mexico, and in parts of the northern South America and now is grown in India. It is a member of the family Fabaceae.

    Even though this tree has beautiful flowers and a graceful form, its real value lies in its fragrant balsam (the thick resin) found in the trunk. The raw material for making the essential oil is a thick resin that exudes from scoring marks made in the tree's bark. Peru Balsam's pleasing fragrance makes it an appealing ingredient for incense and perfumes, but it also has medicinal value. It smells like cinnamon when fresh and like vanilla when aged.

    PERU BALSAM ESSENTIAL OIL

    Peru balsam is collected from wild trees along the 'Balsam Coast' of El Salvador. Peru balsam oil has a very sweet, balsamic, rich, vanilla-like aroma. It has outstanding staying power and is one of the best fixatives. Non toxic, Non irritant. A nice addition to soothing skin creams, imparting a rich, vanilla-like scent. It blends well with spicy, floral, Oriental and balsamic scents. Used as a fixative and fragrance component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes.

    Aromatherapy benefits include anchoring, strengthening.

    Balsam of Peru is warm and aromatic, much hotter and more stimulating than Balsam of Copaiba and is used for similar complaints. Stimulant, expectorant, parasiticide, asthma, bronchitis, nervous tension, stress, rashes, eczema. It stimulates the heart, increases blood presure, and lessons mucus secretions; useful for respiratory disorders such as asthma chronic coughs and bronchitis. Used in scabies and skin diseases; it destroys the itch acarus and its eggs, and is much to be preferred to sulphur ointment, also of value in prurigo, pruritis and in later stages of acute eczema. It is applied externally to sore nipples and discharges from the ear.

    Blends well with ylang-ylang, patchouli, petigrain, sandlewood, rose, spices, and floral and oriental bases.

    Essential and resin oils are volatile, fragrant materials extracted from the root, bark, wood, seed, fruit, leaf or flower of a single plant. Essential oils contain the odor, taste and medicinal properties of the plant itself, but in very concentrated form, with no base oil, alcohol, water or dilutants added. Steam distillation and cold pressing are used to extract the essential oil from the plant. Pure essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy, cosmetic preparation, healing and body care, potpourris and more. Essential oils are very potent and should always be used sparingly and in conjunction with a reliable reference.


    PERU BALSAM (BALSAM PERU) OIL PROFILE


  • Botanical Name: Myroxylon Balsamum
  • Common Method Of Extraction: Steam Distillation
  • Parts Used: Crude Balsam
  • Note Classification: Base
  • Aroma: Rich, Balsamic, Sweet Vanilla-like Undertone
  • Largest Producing Countries: France and Central America


  • TRADITIONAL USE: Peru Balsam has been used to ease rheumatic pain and help with irritated skin conditions. It is also useful for respiratory complaints.

    PROPERTIES: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cicatrix, expectorant, stimulant.

    BENEFITS: Asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, eczema, laryngitis, rashes, rheumatism, sores, wounds. Peru Balsam is a wonderful addition to blends formulated for skin irritations, because it may promote the growth of epithelial cells.

    BLENDS WELL WITH: Black Pepper, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang essential oils.

    OF INTEREST: This oil is used as a fixative and base note in soaps and body care products, and is sometimes found in commercial soft drinks.

    SAFETY DATA: Generally considered safe.


    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.





    PERU BALSAM USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    For centuries, Indians in Central and South America, including the Incas used the balsam to stop bleeding and promote healing.

    In India the oil is a prominent ingredient in ointments, as it can heal the skin and relieve pain. For this reason, chapped hands and other minor surface skin conditions may respond well to a Peru Balsam application. Peruvian Balsam is found in ointments and lotions for soothing skin diseases such as scabies, diaper rash, and ringworm.

    It also works well to soothe the itch of hemorrhoids. It is also used for sore throats and diarrhea, as well as treat muscle aches, insomnia, and bladder inflammations. The leaves are diuretic and have the ability to expel parasitic worms. The balsam has antiseptic, fungicidal, and demulcent properties.

    The antiseptic cinnamic acid in the oil helps ease coughing associated with ailments of the respiratory tract, as well. When used internally Peruvian Balsam acts as an expectorant and decongestant in treating emphysema, bronchitis, and bronchial asthma.

    Finally, the Vanilla-like scent of this dark brown oil can have a soothing effect in emotional situations.

    PERU BALSAM THERAPEUTIC EFFECT

    Peru Balsam essential oil is useful for treating colds, coughs, respiratory tract infections, fever, skin conditions, aching muscles, infections of the urinary tract and nervous complaints. Cinnamic and benzoic acids, nerolidol and farnesol give the oil balancing and stimulating properties. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions, which protect the body from infection and promote the healing of urinary and respiratory tract ailments. Liniments made with diluted Peru Balsam oil ease itching and accelerates skin healing.





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    FOR LIFTING THE SPIRITS

    The warm, soft scent of Peru Balsam oil envelops the soul in a protective blanket and helps lend consolation and confidence in difficult times.
    Blending any of the following oils with Peru Balsam oil in an aromatherapy lamp can refresh your spirit: Black Pepper Essential Oil, Cypress Essential Oil, Juniper Essential Oil, and/or Lemon Essential Oil

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  • FOR CARE OF THE SKIN

    To keep your skin supple and protect it from damage due to dryness, make a skin-care oil with the following ingredients.
    Blend essential oils with carrier oil. After you shower, massage the oil into your slightly damp skin.

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  • FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

    Daily sitz baths with Peru Balsam oil can help ease discomfort associated with cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder.
    Add essential oil to 1/2 tub of warm water. Soak for 20 minutes. Cover up and keep warm for at least 30 minutes after you take a sitz bath.

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  • FOR HEADACHE

    To help relieve a headache, try this remedy.
    Mix essential oils well into carrier oil or water. Apply to your hands first, and then to your hair. Wash your hands and brush the oils through your hair.

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  • FOR SLEEPLESSNESS

    Because of its soothing and balancing effect, Peru Balsam oil can help treat insomnia.
    Mix essential oils and add to an evening bath. This will help promote a deep and restful sleep.

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  • FOR MUSCLE ACHES

    Massaging yourself with diluted Peru Balsam oil can make your muscles more supple and help relax the tissue.
    Combine essential oil with carrier oil. Gently massage the blend into your skin. If you take a bath or hot shower beforehand, that will enhance the effect.

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  • FOR ALLEVIATING A COUGH

    Inhaling Peru Balsam oil has an antiseptic effect and can be of use in alleviating a cough.
    Add essential oil to hot water and breath in the vapors. Do this several times a day until your cough is completely gone.

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  • FOR VAGINAL INFECTIONS

    The analgesic and anti-itching actions of Peru Balsam oil are supportive in healing vaginal infections.
    Add essential oil and vinegar to the water. Shake well and use with as a vaginal douche. For best results, douche twice a day until the inflammation goes away.

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    FOR PAINFUL HARD-TO HEAL WOUNDS

    Compresses with Peru Balsam oil help hard-to-heal, painful wounds.
    Blend essential oil with Witch Hazel, and then apply to sterile gauze. Place on the wound and secure with a bandage. Change the dressing once a day.

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    FOR SOOTHING MUSCLE ACHES

    For soothing muscle aches, try this blend added to your bathwater.
    Blend essential oils with cream base. Add the mixture to your bathwater and then bathe for about 20 minutes.

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    FOR RENEWED ENERGY & INCREASED FOCUS

    The powerful, spicy aroma of Oregano oil relieves weakness and improves concentration. Try this mixture.
    Combine the essential oils in your aromatherapy lamp. This mixture provides fresh energy and stimulates both the mind and body.

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  • PERU BALSAM DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Peruvian Balsam comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For internal use it is best to seek the advice of a qualified health care provider. For external use, read and follow product label directions. All essential oils are used a drop at a time and should always be properly diluted with an appropriate carrier before using.




    PERU BALSAM SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    PERU BALSAM SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    Peruvian Balsam is safe to use when taken in the recommended doses; however, exceeding the standard amounts can be toxic. When using Peruvian Balsam oil or any essential oil internally, it is best to consult with a health care provider or a qualified herbalist as to a safe dosage for the treatment of your condition. Do not use while pregnant or nursing.

    Like most essential oils, Peru Balsam oil should be used only externally. Even when applied to the skin, it can be irritating. Diluting the oil and then applying it to a small test area is recommended. Because Peru Balsam oil is obtained by a complex procedure that involves extracting the resin from incision made in the tree bark, the quality of the oil varies. For medicinal purposes, it is best to use only distilled grades that come from a reputable source, company or pharmacy.





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  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS



    PERU BALSAM (BALSAM PERU) ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS

    Peru balsam is collected from wild trees along the "Balsam Coast" of El Salvador. Peru balsam oil has a very sweet, balsamic, rich, vanilla-like aroma. It has outstanding staying power and is one of the best fixatives. A nice addition to soothing skin creams; imparts a rich, vanilla-like scent. It blends well with spicy, floral, Oriental and balsamic scents. Aromatherapy benefits include anchoring, strengthening. Essential, absolute and resin oils are volatile, fragrant materials extracted from the root, bark, wood, seed, fruit, leaf or flower of a single plant. The plants used to produce these oils are grown on certified organic fields and are third-party certified by Quality Assurance International; no synthetic chemicals are used in growing or processing them. Steam distillation and cold pressing are used to extract the essential oil from the plant. Essential oils and absolutes are very potent and should always be used sparingly and in conjunction with a reliable reference. Essential oils contain the odor, taste and medicinal properties of the plant itself, but in very concentrated form, with no base oil, alcohol, water or dilutants added.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Balsam Peru (Myroxylon Balsamum) Essential Oil, Certified Organic Aromatherapy Products


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    HerbsPro: Balsam Peru Essential Oil (Myroxylon balsammum var. pereiae), Simplers Botanicals, 5 ml
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    Kalyx: Peru Balsam Essential Oil, Aura Cacia, 1/2 fl oz: K
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