Information on Balsam Of Peru

Latin NameMyroxylon pereurae
Other NamesPeruvian balsam
Part UsedGum Resin
Herb FormsOintment, liniment.
AffectsIntegumentary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNot for internal use. Discontinue use if excessive irritation develops, though it is difficult to differentiate redness and itching caused by an allergic reaction to the scabies mite from irritation from the sulphur and balsam of Peru. Consult a qualifi
Botanical InfoA dark brown resinous and oily tree exudate.
DescriptionBalsam of Peru is a dark-colored tree exudate used externally for wounds, eczema, ringworm, abscesses, scabies, and boils. The ointment is also applied to slow-healing wounds, diaper rash, bedsores, burns, frost bite, and hemorrhoids. It has an antimicrobial action and a sweet scent. For scabies, about 30-40 drops/day of the balsam is added to 10% sulphur ointment (available from some pharmacies) and applied in the evening before bedtime. Take a shower in the morning, and apply again the next evening and the following evening in the same manner.

Balsam Of Peru has a taste of ACRID.


OintmentNot applicable

Ailments Treated by Balsam Of Peru

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Boilsantisepticointment externally
Carbunclesantisepticpoultice externally
Ringwormantiseptic, antifungalointment externally
Scabiesantisepticointment externally


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