Guatemala Balsam-Peru Balsam-fruits-Incense medicine and perfume-Balsamo Del Aire-Myroloxan balsamum-Sustainable-Guatemala

(17 customer reviews)

$5.00$82.00

These are the seed-pods/fruit of the Peru Balsam tree which is also called Guatemala Balsam and Balsamo Del Aire in Guatemala. Locally, they are used for incense, cosmetics and medicine

Description

Peru Balsam-Myroxylon balsamum (L.) Harms Var perierae-Synonymous with Guatemala Balsam

These are the seed-pods/fruit of the Peru Balsam tree which is also called Guatemala Balsam and Balsamo Del Aire in Guatemala.

Locally, they are used for incense, cosmetics and medicine. A layer of fragrant resin high in cinnamic and benzoic acids protects the seed from dehydration. The soft inner seed cotyledons within are high in Coumarin with a fragrance similar to Tonka bean. Here we have two lovely fragrance materials in one product.

Traditionally, collecting the balsam from the Peru balsam and Balsam Tolu trees is done using destructive methods which when not carefully regulated, kill the trees and decimate the local tree population. Using the seed pods as an aromatic/medicinal material instead of the tapped balsam is completely sustainable and renewable.

For use as an incense or as an ingredient in incense blends, the seed should be removed from the shell. Though the seed is quite fragrant, burning it releases an unpleasant aroma.

An alcohol maceration/extract will collect the aromas of both the resin and the Tonka bean/Coumarin fragrance making an interesting addition to the perfume organ. This tincture can be evaporated and reduced to any desired consistency such as that of an absolute. If desired, the seeds can be removed and an alcohol extract made from both materials separately.

Traditionally, the alcohol/water, (or Brandy), extract of Balsamo Del Aire fruit is used as a digestive, (Called Balsamito), and as a friction-rub for arthritis, rheumatism, headaches and as a vulnerary and can be found for sale in many pharmacies in the interior of the country.

The macerated seed is also used in the pharmaceutical industry for the expulsion of kidney stones, antihysteric and astringent, for the elimination of spots and smoothing of wrinkles on the face.

Keep in mind that some people have an allergic reaction to Peru Balsam and if used in excess it can cause sensitization. Do not apply the undiluted aromatic extract directly to the skin.

Dan

Additional information

materials

Myroloxan balsamum, Peru Balsam, Peru Balsam Fruit

Ounces

, , , , ,

Share your thoughts!

5 out of 5 stars

17 reviews

Let us know what you think...

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

What others are saying

  1. Eleanore Goodwin

    Eleanore Goodwin

    I liked the way the order was sent quickly.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  2. Leanne Ernser

    Leanne Ernser

    Review has no content.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  3. Jarvis Hackett

    Jarvis Hackett

    The encasing pods are warm-smelling and slightly woody. Dried thoroughly, and very satisfying. I've bought more since buying my exploratory half ounce.Very warm and soothing.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  4. Mollie DuBuque

    Mollie DuBuque

    I added to incense after removing seed and crushing. Enjoyed and will use again.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  5. Jarvis Hackett

    Jarvis Hackett

    Very warm and comforting scent. Slightly woody, and a bit sweet. I bought a larger order after trying these in the small size. The hull is definitely a good ingredient for adding warm, ambery, comforting scent to a blend.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  6. Blanche Cummings

    Blanche Cummings

    Review has no content.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  7. Samanta Eichmann

    Samanta Eichmann

    Nice resin, thanks very much

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  8. Kailey Luettgen

    Kailey Luettgen

    Exceptional Quality like everything from Apothecary's Garden!

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  9. Tyler Gusikowski

    Tyler Gusikowski

    Great quality products, delivery a little slow but this has nothing to do with the seller. Love love love and will definitely buy again

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  10. Lucile Eichmann

    Lucile Eichmann

    These are fab quality seeds and arrived quickly and beautifully packaged. Many thanks ūüôā

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  11. Susanna Schumm

    Susanna Schumm

    Always a delightful adventure and discovery

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  12. Emmett Rath

    Emmett Rath

    FAST FAST communication and shipping! PERFECT! Thank you

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  13. Hellen Stoltenberg

    Hellen Stoltenberg

    Review has no content.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  14. Rosanna Hirthe

    Rosanna Hirthe

    When burned, it has a thick aroma with a savory and slightly sweet taste.
    The roasted scent of the bean part fuses with it, and it's awesome!

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  15. Jordy Langosh

    Jordy Langosh

    Gorgeous scent! Packaged carefully, shipped quickly. Great shop!

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  16. Armando Kessler

    Armando Kessler

    I removed the seed by using kitchen sheers. It was easy.

    It smells sweet and nutty on charcoal.

    Dan and Faye run a great shop!

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  17. Rylee Reichel

    Rylee Reichel

    Review has no content.

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

×

Login

Register

A link to set a new password will be sent to your email address.

Your personal data will be used to support your experience throughout this website, to manage access to your account, and for other purposes described in our privacy policy.

Continue as a Guest

Don't have an account? Sign Up