BOTANICAL NAME: styrax benzoin
DISTILLATION METHOD: solvent extraction
PARTS USED: bark resin
FRAGRANCE: sweet, warm and vanilla-like
BLENDS WELL WITH: bergamot, coriander, frankincense, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, orange, petitgrain, rose and sandalwood.
AROMATIC BENEFITS: antiseptic, anti-depressant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, carminative, cordial, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative and vulnerary.
PHYSICAL USES: bronchitis, coughs, colds, wounds, acne, eczema, psoriasis, rheumatism, arthritis, scar tissue, circulation, nervous tension, stress, muscle pains, chilblains, rashes and mouth ulcers.
MAGICAL USES: purification, prosperity, attracts customers.
Styrax Benzoin Information:
Benzoin oil is extracted from resin of the Styrax Benzoin tree and belongs to the Stryracaceae family. It is also known as gum benzoin, luban jawi (meaning frankincense of Java), Benjamin, or Styrax benzoin.
Benzoin oil's greatest benefit lies in that it has a calming effect on the nervous and digestive systems, a warming effect on circulation problems and a toning effect on the respiratory tract.
It furthermore boosts the pancreas, which in turns helps digestion, and is thought to be involved in controlling blood sugar, which makes it valuable for sufferers of diabetes.
The effect it has on the skin is to improve elasticity, helping cracked skin, while aiding the healing of sores and wounds and at the same time reducing redness, irritation and itching.
Safety Warning: When concentration is needed, it is best to avoid using benzoin oil as it can have a very relaxing effect. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.