Balsam of Peru (Myroxylon balsamum var. pereira) It’s actually closely related to Tolu Balsam (Myroxylon balsamum var. balsamum) and they can be interchanged in recipes. Balsam of Peru comes from the resin produced by the Peru Balsam tree, an evergreen tree native to Central America. It’s also called “Black Balsam” and “Indian Balsam”. The oil is dark brown in color and has a strong vanilla scent with hints of chocolate and sugar cookies.
Aromatic influences: Warming, opening, and comforting. Promotes feelings of safety and of being nurtured.
Combines well with:
Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Petitgrain bigarade, Sandalwood, Rose, spice, floral, and oriental oils.
Points of interest
- Like Copaiba Balsam, it works well as a fixative in soaps and perfumes.
- Can be a skin sensitizer so pay attention to how it does on your skin. For some it works great on their skin, for others, it doesn’t so pay attention.
- You can add a couple of drops to a carrier oil and use on dry skin, chapped skin.
- Also said to promote sensuality and confidence.
- Has been used to treat ringworm, stomach ulcers, and skin sores.
- Is a much cheaper alternative for Vanilla essential oil. Particularly in soap.
- Is a good oil for meditation.
- Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!
Here are a few recipes involving Balsam of Peru oil. To check for more, you can click on Balsam of Peru in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
- 5 drops Roman Chamomile
- 5 drops Geranium
- 2 drops Clary Sage
- 2 drops Lemon
- 1 drop Balsam of Peru
- 1 teaspoon Sweet Almond or Grapeseed oil
Add to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Can also dissolve oils in 1 cup epsom or sea salt and add to bath water. (2)
- 20 drops Flaxseed
- 3 drops Balsam of Peru
- 3 drops Bergamot
Mix oils together and use entire formula on each foot. Finish by dabbing on cornstarch to dry any remaining oil on the skin. Apply daily as needed. (2)
- 9 drops Balsam of Peru
- 8 drops Thyme
- 7 drops Bay Leaf
- 6 drops Marjoram
- 2 tablespoons Sesame Seed oil
Massage formula into tight muscles and the surrounding areas as needed. (2)
Mood Elevation Mist Spray
- 60 drops Spearmint
- 40 drops Clove Bud
- 30 drops Pink Grapefruit
- 20 drops Balsam of Peru
- 4 ounce Pure Water
Mix together in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Can use distilled, filtered, or spring water. Can refill water 3-4 times before refilling oils. (2)
- 1/2 tablespoon Raw Sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 drop Balsam of Peru
- 8-10 drops Cinnamon Bark
In a bowl, mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Store in a small container with a tight lid. To use, dig some out with your finger and scrub mixture on lips in a circular motion. Rinse off. (4)
Strawberry Almond Foot Cream
- 8 strawberries
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Finely Chopped Almonds
- 2 drops Balsam of Peru
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Massage over the feet and then rinse off with warm water. Dry feet and apply the moisturizer of choice. (4)
What do you think of Balsam of Peru oil? I’m enjoying the scent of it. What do you like to use it for? Tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
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