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Tolu Balsam

Myroxylon toluifera balsamum

tolu balsam for incense use

Aromatic Note: Base note


An evergreen tree growing to about 40 ft. (12m) It’s often planted as a wind-break or shade tree.

All parts of the tree are aromatic.

Tolu balsam is discharged from V-shaped cuts in the bark and is collected.


Family: Fabaceae

Synonyms: balsamó

Origin: South America, primarily Columbia

Parts Used: oleo resin (balsam – brittle)

Aroma Description: warm, peppery, fruity, vanilla-like balsam with a touch of cinnamon

Cosmetic Uses: none known

Culinary Uses: resin is used in chewing gum, ice cream, candy, soft drinks, bakery products, etc.

Medicinal Attributes: treats lung congestion, coughs and colds. Was used to treat headaches, gout and stomach problems. Can cause allergic reactions.

Essential Oil: Yes, solvent extracted absolutes are available

Mixes Well With: benzoin, cassia, cinnamon, clove, copal-black, cedar, juniper, labdanum, musk seed, opoponax, palo santo wood, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, sweetgrass, vanilla, orange peel, etc.

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