Balsam Peru Essential Oil
Balsam Peru Essential Oil (Myroxylon pereirae) from El Salvador is a Wildcrafted Therapeutic Quality Essential Oil distilled from the resin.
Origin and Uses
Our Balsam Peru Essential Oil, unlike most of the products on the market that are sold under this name, is the true essential oil distilled from the resin of the Balsam Peru tree which is native to Central and South America. It has a wonderful almost vanilla-like aroma, flows nicely and has a warm amber color. It’s rich, warm fragrance is comforting and warming. In the past, Balsam Peru Essential Oil has been used in perfumes, creams and lotions, not only for it’s fragrance but for its antiseptic properties and to sooth dry or chapped skin and minor wounds. Despite it’s past use in skin care products, this essential oil is a known skin sensitizer (see below).
Because it contains high percentages of esters, which are also found in Lavender essential oil, Balsam Peru Essential Oil has been claimed by aromatherapists to have a relaxing effect that helps to sooth feelings of stress and tension when diffused in small amounts through a low-output diffusing method.
Other types of Balsam Peru
Many other products sold as “Balsam Peru essential oil” are actually thick, liquid resinoids rather than true distilled essential oils. The color of these resinoids is very dark (almost black) and the aroma does not have as much vanilla smell. Balsam Peru liquid resinoid is less expensive to produce than the true Balsam Peru Essential Oil which we sell.
Balsam Peru Essential Oil Alternative:
We also stock Balsam Peru Resinoid, pourable. The cost is about half that of our steam distilled Balsam Peru, the color is much darker, the thickness/viscosity of each is similar to olive oil and the aroma of each is quite similar.
Today, we know that the resinoid is a significant cause of sensitization reactions. The essential oil carries a moderate risk for skin sensitization and must be used sparingly in topical applications. See below for dilution recommendations and our recommendations for proper use.
- Warm and Dry
- Main Element = Fire
- Secondary Element = Metal
Safety Considerations: Despite its history of use in skin care products, Balsam Peru essential oil carries a moderate risk of producing skin sensitization and IFRA recommends a maximum concentration of 0.4% for topical use. Due to difficulties in making precise measurements of concentration based on number of drops, we recommend that this essential oil be used at concentrations of no more than 2 drops in one ounce of vegetable oil for topical applications. Since traditional steam inhalations and steam baths result in essential oil being deposited on the skin, this essential oil is not recommended for use in steam inhalations or steam baths. It is also not recommended for use in the bath or bath products. Balsam Peru essential oil should not be used on sensitive, damaged, delicate or diseased skin and should be avoided for topical use on the elderly and children under the age of five.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.