Peru Balsam derived from a tree known as Myroxylon, which is grown in Central America and South America.
Balsam of Peru is used in food and drink for flavoring, in perfumes and toiletries for fragrance, and in medicine and pharmaceutical items for healing properties. It has a sweet scent. Balsam of Peru contains 25 or so different substances, including cinnamein, cinnamic acid, cinnamyl cinnamate, benzyl benzoate, benzoic acid, and vanillin. It also contains cinnamic acid alcohol and aldehyde, farnesol, and nerolidol. A minority of it, approximately 30–40%, contains resins or esters of unknown composition.Despite serious safety concerns, people take Peru balsam to treat cancer, increase urine production (as a diuretic), and expel intestinal worms. Peru balsam is sometimes applied directly to the skin for infected and poorly healing wounds, burns, bedsores (decubitus ulcers), frostbite, leg ulcers caused by poor circulation, bruises, hemorrhoids, anal itchiness, diaper rash, skin irritated by rubbing or sweat, and bleeding.The oil is an expectorant, which allows the lungs expel any phlegm, clearing the airway and providing relieved breathing
INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Peru Balsam 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
BODY LOTION: Add to a 4 ounce bottle with lotion pump: 3 drops of Peru Balsam and 3 drops of Patchouli or Lavender (Bulgarian or French), then fill with unscented body lotion. Stir to mix well. Use as desired, after bath or shower.
BODY BUTTER: Melt one ounce each of Cocoa butter and Jojoba oil over low heat. Add: 4 drops of Peru Balsam, 5 drops of Orange, 2 drops of Cardamom and 5 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin. Blend together; as it cools it will thicken. Apply to dry skin or cracked feet. (1.7% dilution)