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Peru Balsam Essential Oil

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Waking up totally rested is one of life’s many treasures. Unfortunately, stress can rob us of a good night’s rest. Peru Balsam, with its woody and sweet aroma may help to carry us into sweet dreams. 

Native to Central America, Peru Balsam is an evergreen tree that grows up to 120 feet and sprouts gorgeous fragrant flowers. The crude balsam of the tree is put through steam distillation to extract the essential oil. Its wonderfully soft aroma is often used in perfumes and is a great addition to floral blends.


Botanical Name: Myroxylon pereirae

Origin: El Salvador

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Resin

Note: Base

Family: Fabaceae

Blends Well With: Cypress, and other tree aromas

Aroma: Musky, woody, fresh, rich, and sweet

Consistency: Medium

Color: Golden

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Peru Balsam batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Myroxylon pereirae. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

Adult Max Dilution: 0.4%

Shelf Life: 2-3 Years

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Peru Balsam 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

BODY LOTION: Add to a 4 ounce bottle with lotion pump: 3 drops of Peru Balsam and 3 drops of Patchouli or Lavender (Bulgarian or French), then fill with unscented body lotion. Stir to mix well. Use as desired, after bath or shower.

BODY BUTTER: Melt one ounce each of Cocoa butter and Jojoba oil over low heat. Add: 4 drops of Peru Balsam, 5 drops of Orange, 2 drops of Cardamom and 5 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin. Blend together; as it cools it will thicken. Apply to dry skin or cracked feet. (1.7% dilution)

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