BENZOIN (Styrax benzoin)
Benzoin is a resinoid, derived from the resin of the Styrax benzoin tree, which grows is Thailand and adjacent islands. It is perhaps better known as Friar’s Balsam, which is a compound tincture of benzoin used extensively for respiratory complaints and as a preservative in many skin-care products. Benzoin has been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in incense to drive out evil spirits. Benzoin is very warming, and is particularly good for colds and flu. It is also excellent for healing skin wounds. It has a penetrating and energizing, rich, sweet-balsamic scent.
Botanical Family: Styraceae
Part of the plant used: resin
Method of extraction: Solvent Extraction-Absolute resin
Properties: anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, stimulant (circulatory), styptic, vulnerary
Physical systems, conditions and uses: Circulatory: arthritis, gout, sluggish circulation; Digestive: flatulence, indigestion; Genito-urinary: cystitis, urinary tract infections; Muscles and joints: aches and pains; Respiratory:asthma, bronchitis and coughs, laryngitis, sore throat; Skin: antiseptic, moisturizes sore, chapped skin, heals wounds, reduces inflammation.
Emotional effects: balancing, calming, comforting, nurturing, sedative, soothing, uplifting, and warming. Treats anxiety, depression, irritability, PMS, sadness, stress, and tension.
Blending note: base
Blends well with: geranium, jasmine, juniper, lemon, rose, sandalwood, spice oils
Application: Use as an inhalant, in a diffusor, or on skin in a carrier to treat skin conditions. May be used as a natural preservative in skin-care products.
Contraindications and safety: May irritate sensitive skin.
Available in: pure essential oil, Essentials Roll-on, cream bases