In the depths of the Amazonian rainforest, during the ancestral rituals of native Indians, the aromatic resin of a sacred tree has been used for centuries to open up the doors of memory. Being able to reach up to 20 meters, this majestic Amazonian tree secretes from its bark a beautifully aromatic white resin, by which the essential oil is obtained. The plant is scientifically known by the name of Protium heptaphyllum, also commonly known as Breu Branco. Like Frankincense and Palo Santo, it belongs to the fragrant species of the Burseraceae family. As well as having a scent akin to that of Frankincense, yet fresher with a slight citrus fragrance, its chemical composition is also very similar, as are some of its properties. It comes as no surprise then, that the Protium heptaphyllum is often dubbed the ‘Frankincense of Amazonia’.
In the Amazon, the resin of Breu Branco is often burned during sacred religious and learning rituals for its calming and concentrating properties, for its aromatic scent that gives off a woodsy and somewhat musty aroma with hints of spice, to illuminate houses in the forest and repel mosquitoes and other undesirable insects. The resin has also been widely used by native tribes in their diverse traditional medicine to treat many different ailments such as:
- Respiratory and lung diseases
- Stomach aches
- Liver disorders
- To avoid the worsening of broken limbs and teeth
- To help with memory loss
- For soothing states of agitation and stress
- As well as its use as an antiseptic
- Stimulating agent
- The resin is also used in the sealing of boats, as a natural polish.
- Its root bark; as astringent that’s claimed to have renal clearance and anti-syphilitic properties.
Breu Branco - Protium heptaphyllum
Botanical name: Protium heptaphyllum
Part of Plant: Resin
Extraction: Slowly hydro-distilled
Country of Origin: Brazil
Aroma: Balsamic, clear, fresh, woodsy, spicy, slight citrus top note reminiscent of Bergamot.
Ingredients: Alpha-pinene, Alpha-thuyene, Limonene, Myrcene, Sabinene, Terpinolene, Paracymene, Alpha-phellandrene.
Blends well with: Myrrh, Myrtle, Cedar, Rock Rose, Citrus oils, floral and Conifer oils. Excellent base oil for any blend.
The essential oil of Breu Branco (ref. Art.# 1204) is complex, deeply cleansing, aromatically sweet and up-lifting. Said to evoke creativity, it is also a grounding energetic sanitiser bringing calm and focus, thus facilitating meditation. A truly potent instrument in helping people connect to deeper levels of their soul, one can really see why the Amazonian’s have been using Breu Branco in their rituals. The natives were also on to something else with this powerful plant; Breu Branco has been proved to be a very powerful healer.
Modern Medicinal Value
Many studies have confirmed the myriad of healing properties this wondrous oil has to offer. The benefits one can reap from Breu Branco EO are truly extraordinary. Findings have demonstrated that Breu Branco:
- Supports liver function
- Acts as powerful anti- inflammatory
- A gastro-protective
- Topical application of the oil increases wound healing time as well as reducing scar appearance. It is also proving to be highly effective in treating other skin conditions such as keloids, hypertrophic scars, wounds and burns, among others.
- It possesses anti-noceptive , anti-neoplasic properties and has proved to be an anti-ulcer agent.
- Further studies give support to the evidence of Breu Branco to significantly inhibit platelet aggregation.
- Breu Branco holds anti-fungal properties against candida specie
- Has anti-mutagenic properties, which could prove a promising ingredient in treating cancer
- The oil has also proven to be an anti-depressant and useful remedy to relieve anxiety, without producing sedative or hypnotic effects.
- Furthermore, studies have shown promising evidence in that Brazilian Frankincense could be a lead compound for drug development effective in treating diabetes and atherosclerosis.
The Wondrous Breu Branco; From The Amazon to Your Medicine Cabinet.
When one contemplates the many benefits that Breu Branco possesses, one common denominator is revealed: the oil offers a variety of tremendous healing properties.
For over 5000 years, many different cultures have used healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. Reflecting on what has been discovered about Breu Branco – what the natives of the Amazon have known for centuries, it is perhaps time we reconnect with our roots and listen to what nature has to tell us.
With modern day medicine being repeatedly recalled due to safety concerns and antimicrobial resistance becoming commonplace, increasingly more people are looking for natural alternatives. One thing many people are discovering works for them is aromatherapy.
The benefits of essential oils are innumerable, and the healing properties are vastly abundant. Aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular and has yielded some amazing results. Join the revolution: let nature be your healer, and essential oils your medicine cabinet.
Suggested use of Breu Branco Protium heptaphyllum
- Best way to enjoy Breu Branco oil is of course to diffuse it. Many people love the scent and enjoy the calming and uplifting effect it has on their mind and thoughts. Ideal to create a spiritual atmosphere.
- To support respiratory system, fight cough and cold: blend with carrier oil and rub chest
- For wounds: add one or two drops directly onto your wound and feel it work its magic.
- Skincare: add one drop to base cream or lotion. Its astringent quality works especially good for oily skin.
Always test small quantity of oil, for possible allergic reaction. Do not take any essential oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin . Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children. This information cannot be taken as medical information; neither can they engage our responsibility. For use of essential oils in a therapeutic direction, please visit a medical doctor or a certified aroma therapist.