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Peru Balsam Essential Oil

Peru Balsam

The first time I encountered Peru Balsam during my aromatherapy studies, I immediately recognized the aroma as one that was prevalent in a wound care product that summer camp used on me when I was a child. The aroma certainly brought me back in time.

Aromatically, Peru Balsam has a mild but deep, rich aroma that is woody yet sweet with a vanilla and benzoin quality. It also possesses a very subtle hint of cinnamon. Peru Balsam contains constituents that are present in Benzoin and Cinnamon Essential Oil, so that is likely why.

Topically, Peru Balsam has been used over the years to help remedy a number of skin issues including dry skin, and minor cuts and wounds. That could possibly lead a number of people to use it without proper precaution or without properly diluting it first. Proper dilution and doing a skin patch test is strongly recommended. Robert Tisserand mentions that Peru Balsam Oil may cause possible sensitization in some individuals. Based on the information I've read from various sources, I recommend avoiding it for any topical use.

Peru Balsam Essential Oil

Emotionally, Peru Balsam Essential 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.

Botanical Name

Myroxylon balsamum / Myroxylon pereirae

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Balsam

Color

Dark Brown

Consistency

Very Thick

Perfumery Note

Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Sweet, fresh, earthy, balsamic.

Peru Balsam Essential 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.]

Major Constituents

Benzoic acid
Cinnamic acid
Benzyl cinnamate
Cinnamyl cinnamate

[Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 181.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that there is moderate risk of skin sensitization when using Peru Balsam Oil. They recommend adhering to IFRA's 0.4% maximum. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 390-391.]

Shelf Life

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