Peru Balsam

Latin name Myroxylon balsamum var pererirae – Family species Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

peru balsamAlternative names include Toluifera Pereira, Myrosperum Pereira, Myroxylon Pereirae, Peruvian Balsam, Indian Balsam, and Black Balsam.

Not to be confused with Tolu Balsam.


Oil Selection Guide

Color – Pale amber to brown
Viscosity – Viscous
Scent – Rich, balsamy, sweet, like vanilla
Perfume Aroma – Base note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Part Used – Balsam
Countries of Origin – San Salvador
Extraction Method – High vacuum dry distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, cinnamyl cinnamate

Applications and Uses

Used in some aromatherapy applications.

Peru Balsam blends well with


Precautions / Contraindications

Peru Balsam can cause skin irritation and should not be used in massage.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

Other Links of Interest

Studies Involving Peru Balsam

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