Balsam Peru
Title: Balsam Peru
Additional Names: Peruvian balsam; Indian balsam; China oil; Black balsam; Honduras balsam; Surinam balsam
Literature References: From Toluifera pereirae (Klotzsch) Baill. (Myroxylon pereirae Klotzsch), Leguminosae. Habit. Central America (San Salvador) in forests near Pacific coast. Constit. 50-60% cinnamein¾esters of cinnamic and benzoic acid; about 28% resin, styracine, vanillin. Ref: Bergemann, Pharmazie 5, 494 (1950); Cortesi, Bull. Soc. Pharm. Bordeaux 89, 141 (1951), C.A. 46, 1718b (1952).
Properties: Dark brown, viscid liquid; pleasant aromatic odor; warm, bitter taste and persistent aftertaste. d 1.150-1.170. Insol in water, olive oil; sol in alcohol, chloroform and glacial acetic acid, usually with a slight opalescence. Partly sol in ether, petr ether.
Density: d 1.150-1.170
Use: In perfumery and some chocolate flavorings; also in masking of odors.
Therap-Cat: Vulnerary; ectoparasiticide (scabies).
Therap-Cat-Vet: Vulnerary; miticide.
Keywords: Topical Protectant.

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