Peru Balsam Essential Oil

  • 100% Essential Oil
  • Myroxylon
  • El Salvador

Blends well with: Black pepper, ginger, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang. Spicy, floral, Oriental and balsamic scented oils.

Description: Peru balsam is traditionally collected from wild trees along the 'Balsam Coast' of El Salvador, though many such trees are available in North America.

History: Historically, this was an important ingredient in the anointing oils of the Christian faith. It was combined with olive oil and used for blessing by a bishop and used as a chrism.

Common Uses: Peru balsam essential oil has been used by aromatherapists for bronchitis, chapped skin, colds, coughing, eczema, the flu, poor circulation, rashes, sensitive skin, and nervous and stress disorders. It is also believed to promote growth of epithelial cells. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cicatrix, expectorant, stimulant.

Peru Balsam Oil Uses: Bronchitis, chapped skin, colds, coughing, eczema, flu, poor circulation, rashes, sensitive skin, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]

Emotionally, Peru Balsam Oil is soothing and is nice to diffuse in a candle diffuser. It's very thick, so be careful if trying to diffuse it in a nebulizer.

Although Peru Balsam is soothing and can help during times of stress, it can act as a stimulant.

Chemical Composition: Cinnamic acid, cinnamyl cinnamate, benzyl benzoate, benzoic acid, benzyl cinnamate, benzaldehyde, benzyl alcohol, benzyl ferulate, benzyl isoferulate and vanillin. Cinnamon components are up to 60% of the composition.

Constituents: Benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, benzyl cinnamate, cinnamyl cinnamate. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 181.]

Colour: Clear yellow to yellow brown liquid

Consistency: Viscous liquid

Note: Base

Strength of Aroma: Medium

Cautions: Peru balsam may cause skin sensitization in some.

Safety Information: Peru Balsam Oil may cause possible sensitization. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 209.] Several general medical sources advise against using Peru Balsam if breastfeeding or pregnant.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body.

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