Is vanilla essential oil really a thing?? There are many blog posts throughout the internet that say there is no such thing as a vanilla essential oil, however, there is a tree oil called Myroxylon Balsamum, also known as Peruvian Balsam or Balsam of Peru essential oil that smells just like vanilla, and works as a perfect addition to essential oil blends requiring vanilla extract or vanilla oil to be added.
The Health Benefits of Balsam of Peru Essential Oil
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Peruvian Balsam has many wellness benefits, including helping reduce lower back pain, age spots, and hair health. It is also known for assisting in wound healing and candida.
“Balsam of Peru oil is a botanical balsam that has a long history of medicinal use, particularly as antiseptic and for wound healing.” (source)
Historically, Peruvian Balsam oil has been used as a topical ointment for various skin conditions such as scabies, poorly healing wounds, eczema, and hemorrhoids.
Uses for Peruvian Balsam Essential Oil
Peruvian Balsam essential oil is a great replacement for any DIY recipe that calls for vanilla oil, vanilla oleoresin oil, or vanilla extract.
- Create your own homemade natural perfume
- Use it as an ingredient for your homemade toothpaste
- Make a hair rinse – add 3 drops to 4oz of apple cider vinegar and massage into your scalp to cleanse and promote the wellness of the skin under your hair
- Warm Vanilla Room Spray – a pinch of salt, 5 drops each cinnamon bark and clove essential oils, 6 drops orange oil, and 4 drops balsam of peru oil in a 2oz bottle filled the rest of the way with distilled water. Shake and spray.
- Create your own DIY Diffuser Blends to create a pleasant aroma and relax from stressful days or soothe your breathing
- Vanilla Spice Diffuser Blend
- Create your own DIY Roller Bottle Blends
- Add to your favorite homemade massage oils
- Dilute and massage over your lower back or joints to reduce aches or pain
- A great upgrade to your DIY skincare and body care products
- Use a few drops on your dryer ball when you do laundry
- Add a few drops to your bath oil or bath salts
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8 Favorite Warm and Cozy Diffuser Blends Featuring Balsam of Peru Essential Oil
- Vanilla Dreams – 4 drops lavender, 2 drops balsam of peru, 2 drops black spruce
- Tropical Creamsicle – 3 drops balsam of peru, 3 drops orange oil, 2 drops lime oil
- Vanilla Chai Latte – 2 drops balsam of peru, 2 drops cardamom, 2 drops cinnamon, 1 drop clove, and 1 drop ginger
- Sweater Weather – 2 drops balsam of peru, 2 drops pine, 3 drops black spruce
- Rootbear Frost – 2 drops balsam of peru, 2 drops wintergreen
- Sugar and Spice – 4 drops balsam of peru, 3 drops black spruce, 2 drops orange oil, 1 drops cinnamon,
10 Essential Oils That Blend the Best With Balsam of Peru
Balsam of Peru’s vanilla aroma blends especially well with a variety of spice, citrus, and floral essential oils, enriching their aromatic properties.
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Clove essential oil
- Copaiba essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Lime essential oil
- Neroli essential oil
- Nutmeg essential oil
- Orange oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Spearmint essenital oil
Diluting Requirements for Peruvian Balsam Essential Oil
I recommend always diluting one drop of essential oil with 2-5ml of carrier oil. Diluting your oils is a good habit to maintain and helps make your oils last longer, saving you money.
A carrier oil can be any cold-pressed, seed-based oil (ideally organic and unrefined). This includes most cooking oil, like coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oils. Personally, we LOVE using fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil. This is the best way to dilute your essential oils for topical use.
Before deciding to use Balsam of Peru essential oil on your skin, it is always wise to do a small patch test first. This is where you add some oil to your skin (ideally diluted) to see whether you need additional dilution. If your skin turns red or develops a rash on the site where you applied the oil, either stop using that oil topically or add more carrier oil to dilute it further.
Frequently Asked Questions About Balsam of Peru Essential Oil
Where Do You Buy Peruvian Balsam Essential Oil?
One of my favorite places to purchase Balsam of Peru essential oil is Jade Bloom.