Peru Balsam Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-P07
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: £4.00
Balsam of Peru is a large, tropical tree with a straight, smooth trunk, beautiful foliage and very fragrant flowers. It thrives mainly along the Balsam Coast where El Salvador meets the Pacific Ocean, but it also grows wild throughout Central America, southern Mexico, and in parts of northern South America.
Peru Balsam is the thick brown resin that is found in the trunk of the tree. The resin is extracted by making a V-shaped incision in the bark. The resin seeps out, dries and is scraped off and purified.
This crude balsam or resin has a thick, tar-like consistency that can be difficult to work with in aromatherapy.
Our resin-free Peru Balsam essential oil has been extracted from the crude balsam by high vacuum distillation to give a pourable viscosity. It is pale brown/amber in colour with a rich, balsamic, slightly spicy, sweet, vanilla aroma and smoky undertones.
Peru Balsam has been used for centuries for a multitude of skin disorders, rheumatism, respiratory conditions, and as an antiseptic and fungicide. The Indians of Central and South America used the balsam to stop bleeding and to promote healing. They also used the leaves as a diuretic and to expel parasites.
Peru Balsam is commonly used as a fixative and fragrance component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes.
- Species: Myroxylon pereirae
- Plant family: Fabaceae
- Origin: El Salvador
- Note: Base
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Non-toxic and non-irritating, however its use during pregnancy is not recommended. May cause skin sensitization in some individuals
Peru Balsam has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and fungicidal properties. It can be beneficial for chapped skin, eczema, rashes, sensitive skin, itching, sores, and minor wounds. Peru Balsam Resin is also used in antiseptic and fungicidal ointments for skin diseases such as scabies and ringworm.
Peru Balsam is a warming, comforting oil that can help soothe nervous tension and stress.
Peru Balsam is an effective expectorant which can be helpful for respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, sore throats, and bronchitis. It can help to stimulate the heart and increase circulation and blood pressure and its anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial for treating rheumatic aches and pains.
Blends well with:
Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Benzyl alcohol 4.5%, Benzyl benzoate 78%, Benzyl cinnamate 9%.