The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce
Balsam of Peru

Botanical Name: Myroxylon pereirae

Common Names and Synonyms: Peru Balsam, Balsama De Peru

Background: Native to Central America, the leaves and fruits of this tree have been used by the indigenous tribes of Mexico and Central America in the treatment of asthma, catarrh, rheumatism, and external wounds.  The sap, or balsam, comes mainly from large trees which grow along the coast of  El Salvador and not Peru, although it received  the name "Peru,"  from the 16th century Spaniards who shipped the resin to Europe from both the Callao and Lima shipping  ports in Peru.  The sap is extracted by tapping, similar to the tapping of rubber trees.  The resin has a fragrance of cinnamon when freshly harvested.  The aged resin, found  in the tree trunk,  has a fragrance of vanilla and is highly prized.  Balsam of Peru has been included in the US Pharmacopoeia since 1820, being used for bronchitis, laryngitis, dysmenorrhea, diarrhea, dysentery and leucorrhea.

Balsam of Peru in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended Balsam of Peru for both external and internal usage. No stated action was described for Balsam of Peru.
  • Balsam of Peru was always used with other substances.  The two most frequently mentioned substances associated with Balsam of Peru were Tolu (24 readings) and Elder Flower (14 readings).
Cayce Quotes on Balsam of Peru

    For the application to the parts of the body here in the facial portions and eye as affected, we would use with the Boracic Acid Wash.  After the bathing off of parts of the secretions as shown, use equal parts of Boracic Acid with Balsam of Peru as a powdered form.  Also use this with the acid as a wash for the throat internally now, see, with a cloth or a small mop through the tonsil region and epiglottis and the throat proper.

    We will take in the system this, as a cardiac and stimulant and a sedative to the various organs of the system:  To one gallon of water, rainwater preferred, we would add:

    Yellow Dock Root.....2 ounces,
    Burdock Root.........2 ounces,
    Black Snake Root.....2 ounces.

    This would be reduced by simmering, not boiling, to one quart.  Strain, and while warm add four ounces of Grain Alcohol with three drams of Balsam of Peru.  The dose of this would be a teaspoonful, just after each meal.  See?

    To relieve this congestion, to force the system to functioning normally through this condition, and the produce the proper vibrations in the system, we would do this:  We would systematically, that is regularly and at regular times, use a douche through the vagina, that would be a sensitive force and an astringent, and also a healing property to all of the parts that are affected sympathetically and organically of these.  To one-half gallon of soft water, temperature at 70, we would add five drops of Balsam of Peru, with five drops of Tincture of Myrrh.  See?
    And this would be used, that is, these douches, use regularly every third day.  We would, across the lower lumbars, rub or knead the body well with Bicarbonate of Soda, almost a saturated solution, that is, water and Bicarbonate of Soda. See?

    Also Balsam of Peru added to the dusting powder of Sterate (Stearate) of Zinc and Chalk as used over the outer portion of body.


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