National Geographic : 1944 Nov
The National Geographic Magazine @ National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Luis Marden Balsam of Peru, a Healing Medicament, Comes Principally from El Salvador The misnomer was acquired in colonial times, when balsam was shipped to Spain via Peru. The broad leafed tree, Myroxylon pereirae, is not a conifer. Balsam is used to dress wounds and to treat skin and throat ailments. Here a gatherer heats bark with burning fagots to stimulate flow of balsam from tree.