Myroxylon balsamum Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
balsam-of-Peru balsam-of-Peru-tree balsam-of-Tolu opobalsam Peru balsam Tolu balsam Tolu-balsam-tree
Myroxylon balsamum

Medical use

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Campeche, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacan, Morelos, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Yucatan
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia - Amazonas, Antioquia, Cesar, Magdalena, Meta; Ecuador - Napo, Pastaza, Zamora-Chinchipe

Biological activities

Acaricide
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Adrenergic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Allelochemic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Allergenic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Benzyl-cinnamate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Cinnamic-alcohol found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Nerolidol found in Gum
Vanillin found in Plant
Analgesic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Anesthetic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Anthelmintic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
AntiHIV
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
AntiTNF
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiacetylcholinesterase
P-cymene found in Plant
Antiacne
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Antiadenomic
Farnesol found in Gum
Antiaggregant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiandrogenic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antianemic
Vanillin found in Plant
Antiarachidonate
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiasthmatic
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Antibacillary
P-cymene found in Plant
Antibacterial
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Cis-ocimene found in Plant
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
P-cymene found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antibrucellosic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Anticancer
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Anticariogenic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Eugenol found in Plant
Antidermatitic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Antidiarrheic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antidiuretic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antidrepanocytic
Vanillin found in Plant
Antidysenteric
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antidysmenorrheic
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Antiedemic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Antienterococcic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Antiescherichic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Antiesherichic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antiestrogenic
Eugenol found in Plant
Antifeedant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Antiflu
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Antigenotoxic
Eugenol found in Plant
Antigliomic
Beta-elemene found in Plant
Antihepatotoxic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antiherpetic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Antihypertensive
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Alpha-curcumene found in Plant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Antikeratotic
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiklebsiellic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Antilactobacillic
Vanillin found in Plant
Antileishmanic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Antileukemic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Antilipolytic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antilisteria
Vanillin found in Plant
Antilymphedemic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antimelanomic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Farnesol found in Gum
Antimetastatic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antimitotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Antimononuccleotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Antimycoplasmotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antinephritic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antinitrosating
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiodontalgic
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Antionychyotic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Antiophidic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antioxidant
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Antipeptic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Antipneumonic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Antipolio
Vanillin found in Plant
Antiproliferant
Beta-elemene found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Antiprostaglandin
Eugenol found in Plant
Antipruritic
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Antipseudomonic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Antipsittacotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antipsoriac
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antipyretic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiradicular
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Antirenitic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antirheumatalgic
P-cymene found in Plant
Antisalmonella
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Antiseptic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Antisickling
Vanillin found in Plant
Antispasmodic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Antistaphylococcic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cis-ocimene found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Antistreptococcic
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Antithromboxane
Eugenol found in Plant
Antitoxoplasmotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Antitumor-Promoter
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Antitumor
Alpha-curcumene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Antiulcer
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Antiurease
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Antiviral
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Antiyeast
Vanillin found in Plant
Apifuge
Eugenol found in Plant
Apoptotic
Beta-elemene found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Artemicide
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Bacteristat
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Bruchiphobe
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
CNS-Depressant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
CNS-Stimulant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
COX-1-Inhibitor
Eugenol found in Plant
COX-2-Inhibitor
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Calcium-Antagonist
Eugenol found in Plant
Cancer-Preventive
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Candidicide
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Carcinogenic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Cardiodepressant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Cardiotonic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Carminative
Eugenol found in Plant
Chelator
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Chemopreventive
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Choleretic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Eugenol found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Chronotropic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Circulatory-Stimulant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Coleoptophile
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Cytochrome-P450-Inducer
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Cytochrome-P450-Inhibitor
Eugenol found in Plant
Cytotoxic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
DME-Inhibitor
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Dermatitigenic
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Eugenol found in Plant
Emetic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Enterorelaxant
Eugenol found in Plant
Estrogenic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Expectorant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
FEMA
Cinnamic-alcohol found in Plant
FLavor
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Benzyl-cinnamate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Cinnamyl-cinnamate found in Gum
Ethyl-benzoate found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Methyl-cinnamate found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
P-cymene found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Fungicide
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Cis-ocimene found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Gastroprotective
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Glucosyl-Transferase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Hemorrhagic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Hepatoprotective
Eugenol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Hepatotoxic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Herbicide
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Eugenol found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Histaminic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Hypnotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Hypotensive
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Hypothermic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Hypotriglyceridemic
Alpha-curcumene found in Plant
Immunostimulant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Immunosuppressant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Inotropic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Insecticide
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Methyl-cinnamate found in Plant
Insectifuge
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Insectiphile
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Irritant
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Benzyl-cinnamate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-alcohol found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
P-cymene found in Plant
Styrene found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Juvabional
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Larvicide
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Larvistat
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Laxative
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
P-cymene found in Plant
Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Lymphocytogenic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Lymphokinetic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
MAO-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Monoaminergic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Mosquitocide
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Motor-Depressant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Mutagenic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Myorelaxant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Narcotic
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Styrene found in Plant
Nematicide
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Methyl-cinnamate found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Neurotoxic
Eugenol found in Plant
Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Ovicide
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
P450-2B1-Inhibitor
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
P450-Inducer
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Pediculicide
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Perfumery
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzyl-cinnamate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Methyl-cinnamate found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
Styrene found in Plant
Vanillin found in Plant
Pesticide
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
Methyl-cinnamate found in Plant
Nerolidol found in Gum
P-cymene found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Vanillin found in Plant
Phagocytotic
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Pheromonal
Farnesol found in Gum
Piscicide
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
Eugenol found in Plant
Psychotropic
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)
Respirodepressant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Rodenticide
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Scabicide
Benzyl-benzoate found in Gum
Sedative
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Benzyl-alcohol found in Plant
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Coumarin found in Seed (4000 ppm)
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
P-cymene found in Plant
Spasmogenic
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Sprout-Inhibitor
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Teratogenic
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Termiticide
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Termitifuge
Caryophyllene found in Plant
Testosterone-Inducer
Delta-cadinene found in Plant
Tranquilizer
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Transdermal
Alpha-pinene found in Plant
Trichomonicide
Eugenol found in Plant
Farnesol found in Gum
P-cymene found in Plant
Trichomonistat
Eugenol found in Plant
Trypsin-Enhancer
Eugenol found in Plant
Tyrosinase-Inhibitor
Benzaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Ulcerogenic
Eugenol found in Plant
Varroacide
Eugenol found in Plant
Vasodilator
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Eugenol found in Plant
Vermifuge
Cinnamic-acid found in Gum
Eugenol found in Plant
Vibriocide
Cinnamaldehyde found in Plant
Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant (4000 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]