Description: 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. The balsam is discharged from V-shaped cuts in the bark and is collected.
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.
Element Association: Air
Magical Associations: Prosperity
Planetary Association: Sun
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, solvent extracted absolutes are available
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