About Balsam Peru Essential Oil
Our Balsam Peru Essential Oil (Myroxylon pereirae) from El Salvador is ethically wildcrafted. Unlike many of the products sold today as “Balsam Peru essential oil””, it’s a true essential oil distilled from the resin. It has a wonderful vanilla-like aroma, flows nicely, and has a warm amber color.
The rich aroma, “flow” and amber color of our Balsam Peru essential oil are features that distinguish it from many other products sold as “Balsam Peru essential oil” which are actually thick resinoids rather than true 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 our true Balsam Peru Essential Oil.
Note: All information on this page, above and below, is provided for educational interest only. Nothing here is intended to make claims for any actions or effects of our product “Balsam Peru Essential Oil”. Your experiences with an essential oil may differ from any one else’s experiences. No information provided here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below in order to insure that your experiences with this product are good ones.
Balsam Peru essential oil is widely prized for its rich aroma that has been described as warm and comforting. In the past, it was used in perfumes and creams for its fragrance, its reported antiseptic properties, and to sooth dry or chapped skin and minor wounds. Despite it’s past use in skin care products, however, this essential oil is a known skin sensitizer (see below) and must be used on the skin with caution.
Because it contains a high percentage of esters, 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.
Balsam Peru Essential Oil Alternative for Crafting:
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 is similar to that of the essential oil but not as sweet and vanilla-like. This cheaper alternative is suitable for craft applications, such as candle making, but should not be chosen for aromatherapy.
Today, we know that the resinoid presents a significant risk of causing skin sensitization reactions if used topically. In fact, the resinoid is even more likely to cause skin sensitization than the essential oil, which carries a moderate risk for provoking such reactions.
How to Use Balsam Peru Essential Oil
Due to it’s reputation as a moderate skin sensitizer, we feel that Balsam Peru Essential Oil is best used for diffusion, room sprays, and in other applications where it will not come in contact with the skin. If you do want to use it on the skin, be aware that IFRA recommends a maximum concentration of 0.4% in a fatty base (such as vegetable oil) for topical use. Continue reading below, under “Safety Considerations” for complete precautions for use.
Balsam Peru Herb and Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines
In Mesoamerican and South American cultures. preparations of Balsam Peru were traditionally used to relieve symptoms of rheumatism and colds and to reduce fevers. In India, it was used to promote diuresis and stop bleeding.
In classical Chinese Medicine, Balsam Peru herb is said to be warm and dry and its primary elemental correspondence is with Fire.
Chinese Medicine actions of the essential oil have been reported to include the following:
- Increases Guardian Qi (fights infection)
- Rids phlegm (cold and flu)
- Rectifies the Spirit (good for feeling unsafe, under-nurtured, nervous tension and stress)
Research Links for Balsam Peru Essential Oil
Follow relevant general essential oil safety considerations (access via link below). In addition, the following specific safety recommendations are given:
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, steam baths and saunas can result in essential oil being deposited on the skin, this essential oil is not recommended for use in steam inhalations, steam baths or saunas. It is also not recommended for use in the bath or bath products, except with proper dilution in a fatty base oil. 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 childrenEssential Oil Safety Considerations