What to do food wise with a Balsam Peru allergy

Review what you eat and see if there are any favorite foods on this list.  If so, try to avoid or reduce their intake for one month.  You may find that you are intolerant/allergic to them because of the Balsam of Peru chemical property in them.  (Dietary Restrictions may take 3-4 weeks to show benefit!  Be patient!  The reason is this is a delayed response allergy.  Therefore dietary corrections give a delayed response as well).  If you improve, you should add back one food per week to see if avoidance really makes a difference.  Frequently, one or two foods are truly found to be of fault.  See Dr Mercolas advice on Balsam Peru Allergy.

Tomato, including tomato ketchup

Spices: Cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, curry, Spiced Tea['s

Chili Sauce, Chutney, Pickled Herring, Pickled Vegetables (eg Cucumbers, Beets)

Citrus Peel, Citrus Juice (Oranges, Lemons, Tangerines, Grapefruit)

Marmalade

Juices, Cola, Citrus Soft Drinks.

Pate, Bitters, Liver Paste, Vermouth, spiced beverages.

Ice Cream

Perfumed Products: Tobacco (cloves), Perfumed Teas

Various Types of cough medicine and Lozenges.

Baked Goods with Citrus Flavor, Candy, Chewing Gum.

The prudent person would avoid scented products.  The Smart Person would choose fragrance free and unscented Products.

Balsam Peru can also be known as:

Peruvian balsam

Black balsam

Honduras balsam

Myroxylon Pereirae Oleoresin

Balsamum peruvianim

China Oil

Indian balsam

Surinam balsam

Uses of Balsam Peru

Topical Medicaments (including suppositories) for wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, etc.

Sunscreening Agents

Toothpastes, Dental Cements, Root Canal Cements, Fillings (This can be the Eugenol, Clove, or Cinnamic aspect of Balsam of Peru - eg.  Fragrance property)

Cough mixtures and lozenges

Hair pomades and tonics

Cosmetics:  powders, lipstick, soap, hygiene sprays, shaving lotions

Chrism (concentrated oil)

PLASTIC - (resorcinol monobenzoate exposure): plastic steering wheels prior to 1971, plastic sunglasses, hearing aids, ball point pens, mixing of glass ionimer cement in dentistry.

Occupational Exposures: 

Perfumery - fixative and fagrance in floral, precious wood, rose, amber type fragrances.

Dentistry - Cements and Liquids

Painting - China and Oil

Beekeepers - resinous substances on poplar buds and honeycombs

Violinists - rosin used on the violin bow

Skin Care Products - Fragrances are often found in them and contain Balsam Peru Properties.

OTHER Products that might react like Balsam Peru

Balsam Tolu

Colophony

Styrax

Tiger Balm

Benzaldehyde

Coniferyl alcohol

Eugenol

Farnesol

Propolis

Benzoates

Cinnamates

Benzoin

Beeswax

Benzylsalicate

Coumarin

Isoeugenol

Propanidid

Diethylstilbesterol

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