The term balsamic means “that which relates to or contains balsam.” Balsam is an aromatic, resinous substance that is secreted from particular herbs and trees and used as a base for various medicinal preparations. Balsamic herbs help soothe and heal inflammation and have mild stimulant and expectorant properties. Some of the more aromatic varieties of balsam are used in perfumery.

Syn: Balm

Balsamic Herbs:

  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Pine Pitch (Pinus rigida)
  • Balsam of Peru (Myroxylon pereirae)
  • Yerba santa (Eriodictyon crassifolium)

References

  1. Absorption and tissue distribution of curcumin in rats
  2. Ann McIntyre (1995), The Complete Women’s Herbal
  3. David Hoffman (2013), Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
  4. Food Science and Nutrition, 2012. Bioavailability of Micronutrients from Plant Foods: An Update
  5. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, 2008. Influence of food acidulants and antioxidant spices on the bioaccessibility of beta-carotene from selected vegetables
  6. Pharmacokinetics: Bioavailability; University of Lausanne.
  7. Rosemary Gladstar (2014), Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care
  8. Varro E. Tyler, Herbs Affecting the Central Nervous System

 

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