Peru Balsam essential oil is used in aromatherapy which effectively treats cuts and wounds due to its anti-inflammatory and germicidal properties. This oil is derived from a resinous substance called Balsam of Peru from the Myroxylon tree which is prevalent in Central and South America. It is crucial to know, however, that Peru Balsam should never be taken without the approval of a certified health practitioner because this essential oil is highly allergenic.
The popes in the 16th century authorized the use of Peru Balsam oil for anointing and incense as an alternative to the traditional Mecca Balsam which is harder to find. The use of Peru Balsam can be traced back to the Mayan civilization where it had been widely used for therapeutic benefits and ceremonial incense. It had been a traditional belief that Peru Balsam essential oil can attract good luck, prosperity, and happiness.
Peru Balsam oil is also used to equalize the vapor pressure in perfume industry. It features an exquisitely unique fragrance with earthy note. It also offers a wide range of health benefits such as:
- relieves itchiness of eczema, scabies, and fungal infections like ringworm and athlete's foot
- eliminated cracked heels
- moisturizes the skin
- improves circulation of blood when used for massage
- relieves difficulty of breathing in respiratory disorders
- boosts the body's defense mechanism
Balsam of Peru essential oil adds a resinous scent to perfume and has a very mild fragrance. It can be mixed with ginger, black pepper, jasmine, patchouli, lavender, petitgrain, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and rose.
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