Tolu balsam
Tolu balsam


Tolu balsam is a sap-like substance that comes from the Myroxylon balsamum tree. It is obtained by cutting the tree trunk.

Tolu balsam is found in some foods and beverages as a flavoring agent. It is also used as a fragrance in some soaps and cosmetics. It isn't clear what effects Tolu balsam might have when used as a medicine.

People use Tolu balsam for cough, airway infections, cracked nipples, and other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

Do not confuse Tolu balsam with Peru balsam. These products are made from the same tree but are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Tolu balsam is commonly added to foods as a flavoring agent. It is possibly safe when taken in larger amounts as a medicine, short-term.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Tolu balsam is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Tolu balsam is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


There is interest in using Tolu balsam for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of Tolu balsam might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Tolu Balsam interacts with any medicines. Before taking Tolu Balsam, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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