Balsam of Peru Myroxylon pereirae

Myroxylon  pereirae
Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887
  • Common Names
  • Balsam of Peru , Tolu Balsam
  • Botanical Name
  • Myroxylon pereirae
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Balsam Of Peru

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How to Use: Balsam of Peru

Balsam of Peru, or Tolu is used mainly in aromatherapy and perfumery for its vanilla and cinnamon scent. More than just a pretty scent, this resinous oil is antiseptic and healing to the skin and has similar properties of other balsams (Balsam poplars). Historically, Peruvian balsams were used in cough syrups and to kill parasites, but today balsam is used almost exclusively in topical applications. 2

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Use the resinous oil for troubled skin by diluting in a 2 to 3 percent solution of carrier oil.

Balsam of Peru Side Effects: Allergic reactions are possible, and it also may increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Whether taken internally or externally, large quantities of balsam of Tolu can damage the kidneys.

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books citedWorks Cited
  1. Deni Brown HSA Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, Pub. Dorling Kindersley (1995)
  2. Prescription for Herbal Healing (2002) Phyllis A. Balch