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Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil

Dipterocarpus jourdainii / Dipterocarpus turbinatus

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil


Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil is also known as Gurjun Balsam Oil.

Dipterocarpus jourdainii and Dipterocarpus turbinatus, are trees that are India and Asia. The tree exudes a resin that is then collected and steam distilled to produce Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil. Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil primarily contains the sesquiterpene a-gurjunene. It possesses a woody and slightly sweet aroma that blends especially well with essential oils in the wood, spice and citrus families.

Gerjum Balsum Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Bronchial Infections
  • Colitis
  • Anxiety

Source: Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual (Tampa, FL: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 1994), 205.

Botanical Name

Dipterocarpus jourdainii / Dipterocarpus turbinatus

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used






Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil smells sweet, woody and somewhat balsamic.

Sustainability and Conservation Status

Source: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/33016/2831137

To learn more about the conservation status of essential oil bearing plants and how to use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, please refer to AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils and Sustainability.

Major Constituents

  • B-caryophyllene
  • a-gurjunene
  • B-gurjunene
  • allo-aromadendrene

Source: Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual (Tampa, FL: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 1994), 205.

Gurjum Balsam Essential Oil Safety Information

Sheppard-Hanger indicates that Gurjum Balsam is non-toxic and non-irritating when used at low doses. [Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual (Tampa, FL: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 1994), 205.]

Tisserand and Young, list Dipterocarpus tuberculatusand Dipterocarpus turbinatus, as not posing any known risks. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 299.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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