BALSAM OF PERÚ
|INCI: ||Myroxilon pereirae|
|Flavouring according to EC regulation 1334/2008|
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BALSAM OF PERÚMyroxilon pereirae (Leguminosae)
Origine: El Salvador
Also called "Black balsam", the well-known Balsam of Peru is none other than the concretion of the pathological exudate caused by the removal of strips of bark from Myroxilon balsamum, a large tropical tree that grows up to twenty-five metres tall; native to Central America, it has a smooth trunk, rich foliage and very fragrant flowers. The plant is entirely resinous. Balsam is widely used in medicinal preparations in many countries in the tropics, especially cough syrups.
The essential oil is obtained by dry distillation under vacuum of balsam and appears as a very viscous brown liquid with a delicate woody, sweet, rich and tenacious fragrance that recalls vanilla. It combines well with myrrh and oakmoss absolutes, and the essential oils of: Copaiba, Mastic, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Sweet myrrh, Rose, Storax and Ylang ylang.
(according to popular herbalist tradition)
Balsam of Peru essential oil, completely non-toxic, has deodorant, fixative, anti-inflammatory and parasiticide properties. Without a doubt, however, the most important property associated with this natural product is its tendency to foster the development of epithelial cells enough to be able to define it, with full knowledge of the facts, as a true skin regenerator just as active as the more well-known Argan and Rose hip vegetable oils.
This is why it is a known remedy for treating eczema.
A very fluid "Balsam of Peru essential oil" is often found on the market that is almost colourless and with a very bland fragrance as it is diluted (mostly) in benzyl alcohol.
It is mainly used as a fixative and/or fragrance ingredient in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and detergents; it is also used in the food industry, especially in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.