However, as you may recall from a recent blog post titled, “Vanilla, Vanilla, Where Art Thou? The Story Behind the Vanilla Bean Shortage,” we explained what has happened with the vanilla crop and the reason for the current worldwide shortage.
When we at Plant Therapy learned that we would no longer have that rich, sweet scent of Vanilla… well, it was a sad day.
Peru Balsam to the rescue!
The blog linked above also mentions another oil — Peru Balsam — which has been December’s Oil Of the Month.
Peru Balsam has that sweet scent; a coconut, vanilla aroma that brings the joy back to blending. Like vanilla, it is calming and comforting. It is a quiet, happy scent that finds that child in you and makes you stop, close your eyes and take it all in.
Click Here to Download the Peru Balsam Info SheetThis special find smells heavenly, but does have some cautions. It is a good oil for diffusion, but if used topically we recommend keeping the dilution to 0.4%. That means, for application to the skin, it would be best in a blend. It can add that hint of something sweet that would go perfectly with Lemon, Sweet Orange, Yuzu, Lavender, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood, and of course any of the Cedarwoods (what doesn’t go with Cedarwood?).
Here is a wonderful diffuser blend that will help you relax, decompress and wind down.
Take 5 Diffuser Blend
3 drops of Peru Balsam Essential Oil
2 drops of Bergamot
1 drop of Lime
2 drops of Patchouli
Mix and add to the water in your AromaFuse Diffuser or personal diffuser.