Balsam of Peru Essential Oil

Myroxylon balsamum

Known Uses

Balsam of Peru Essential Oil can stimulate the immune system and help to eliminate free radicals from the body, which in turn can prevent the development of chronic diseases, even cancer. Its ingredients have been shown to eliminate germs and bacteria. Topical application can form a protective layer to the skin and is widely used in the prevention and treatment of scabies, which are caused by mites.

When diffused in aromatherapy, Balsam of Peru Essential Oil can stimulate the lungs to expel phlegm and clear congestion from the respiratory tract. It also has been used in aromatherapy for relief from anxiety and stress. As an anti-inflammatory it can heal hemorrhoids, and improve heart health.

The topical application of Balsam of Peru Oil can heal wounds and aching joints as well as lower blood pressure. When mixed with water, it can be used as a shampoo to eliminate dead skin cells and cleanse the scalp. By inducing urination, Balsam of Peru Essential Oil acts as a diuretic, flushing out toxins, waste, and excess water and fat, keeping the kidneys healthy.


Balsam of Peru Essential Oil’s origin is from the Balsam Coast where El Salvador meets the Pacific Ocean. However its name is somewhat misleading. In the past, it was transported by land from El Salvador to coastal cities of Peru. Then, under the seal of the viceroy of Peru, the balsam was shipped to other countries; thus, the misconception of its origin.

The historical uses of Balsam of Peru date as far back as the Mayan culture where it was used as incense for medicinal purposes. Sixteenth century popes sanctioned the substitution of Balsam of Peru for the much harder to find Mecca balsam for ceremonial incense use as well as for anointing oils. In folklore, Balsam of Peru oil was thought to attract wealth and happiness, and promote creativity.


Balsam of Peru Essential Oil is one of the most allergenic essential oils. Negative reactions have been experienced from skin irritation to blisters, watery eyes, and general discomfort. Speak to a medical professional before using Balsam of Peru Essential Oil. Dilute with a carrier oil and do a patch test before using topically. Balsam of Peru Essential Oil is not intended for internal use.

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