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BENZOIN RESIN ESSENTIAL OIL
(Friar's Balsam)
Aromatherapy Oils




Benzoin Oil


BENZOIN RESIN DESCRIPTION

Benzoin resin, also known as "Friar's Balsam", is extract from the thick sap of the Benzoin tree, or Styrax benzoin. Native to southeast Asia (Far East), Benzoin trees reach and imposing height of 120 feet and excrete a viscous balsamic resin (called Benzoin) when the trunk of the tree is hacked with an axe. This enables the liquid Benzoin to accumulate beneath the bark, or seep from the incision(s), which flows down and hardens into lumps. The resin, also called gum benzoin or benjamin, ranges in color from pale yellow to red brown. Since Benzoin resin is so gummy, it must be dissolved in alcohol or chemical solvents, such as benzene or hexane, before it can be used.

Benzoin is an antiseptic, astringent and expectorant herb, with an almost camphor-cinnamon smell. Regarded as a sedative in Western aromathrapy and a stimulant in Chinese medicine. The Siam and Sumatra Benzoins are the types most widely used. Benzoin has long been used in incense to drive away evil spirits and by Ayurvedic health care practitioners to alleviate skin ailments, ringworm and shingles. In addition,

Benzoin Oil was added to lotions to maintain supple skin, and to potpourris, sachets and soaps for a warm, vanilla-like scent. Applied as a chest balm or inhaled in steam, Benzoin Oil is used today to help relieve respiratory infections, such as asthma, bronchitis and colds. It is also effective in boosting physical strength and energy, which can be helpful during convalescence. Benzoin Oil eases sore joints and muscles, aids digestion and relieves nervous tension, as well. The resin or gum is used for medicinal purposes as well as an aromatic in perfumes.


BENZOIN RESIN OIL PROFILE


  • Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin
  • Common Method Of Extraction: Solvent extraction (Ethanol)
  • Parts Used: Resin
  • Note Classification: Base
  • Aroma: Soft, sweet, warm, vanilla-like
  • Largest Producing Countries: Morocco and Indonesia


  • Traditional Use: Benzoin has been used for centuries in Asia and India as an incense and perfume.

  • Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cordial, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, stimulant, styptic, vulnerary and preservative properties.

  • Benefits: Arthritis, asthma, eczema, bronchial congestion, chapped skin, colic, cough, cuts, gout, rheumatism. Benzoin is a wonderful addition to blends used for chapped, inflamed, or irritated skin.

  • Blends Well With: Black Pepper, Copaiba Balsam, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Myrrh, Rose, Sandalwood

  • Of Interest: Benzoin is an excellent fixative for perfume and soap blends adding a rich, sweet note.

  • Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation. Not for internal use.

  • The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.




    BENZOIN USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR

    Benzoin tincture, when diluted with water, works well on dry, cracked, and chapped skin. It also works well as an expectorant for respiratory congestion and severe bronchitis. Placing the tincture in a vaporizer is useful for treating croup and laryngitis. When Benzoin is taken internally, it acts as a carminative and is rapidly absorbed. It also helps relieve coughs and nervous tension. It has a positive effect on the respiratory system and helps to expel fluid wastes from the lungs, while calming the digestion and balancing blood sugar.

    Benzoin Essential Oil clears the sinuses and breaks up congestion. Benzoin is also added to cosmetics to prevent fats from turning rancid. In cosmetics and perfumery, it is used as an anti-oxidant and fixative in cosmetics and perfumes. Using it in aromatherapy will lift the spirits and ward off depression and the feeling of loneliness, while adding calm.




    THERAPEUTIC EFFECT

    The most important constituents in Benzoin are benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, benzyl alcohol, vanillin, coniferyl benzoate and cinnamic acid. These compounds give the oil its antiseptic, antidepressant, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent and antibacterial properties.

    Benzoin oil is effective for coughs, head colds with congestion, asthma, cracked skin, dermatitis, muscle and joint pain, headaches, depression, poor concentration, tension and nervousness.

    SAFETY DATA

    There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Benzoin when taken in the recommended doses; however, it is best to consult with a physician for use of Benzoin essential oil internally. If you are pregnant, nursing, epileptic, or have liver or kidney damage, or cancer, do not use this or any essential oil without the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner.

    When buying Benzoin oil, make sure that it is in an alcohol-based solution, not a solvent-based one. Solvent-based oils may cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis. Since Benzoin oil is difficult to blend, be sure to mix it well with other oils and lotions. Test a skin patch for sensitivity. Use in low dilutions and dilute properly. If pregnant, suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication, consult with your health care provider before use. Not for internal use. Keep out of reach of children.







    FOR ASTHMA

    Benzoin oil helps to reduce respiratory congestion and promotes expectoration to ease asthmatic symptoms.
    Burn the oil mixture in your aromatherapy lamp.

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    FOR COLD & FLU PREVENTION

    A warm, relaxing bath is just what is needed on a cold day.
    Mix oils and blend well into your bathwater. The oils can help prevent a full-blown cold if used when the symptomsm first appear. They will stimulate blood flow and warm the entire body.

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  • FOR CONGESTION

    Oils to relieve congestion.
    Blend in very hot water. Place a towel over your head and bend over the bowl to inhale the vapors.

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  • FOR DRY SKIN

    A facial cream oil blend for the skin.
    Add and mix Benzoin oil in a facial cream to protect the skin from wrinkles caused by dry skin and flaking eczema. The oil firms connective tissues and strengthens muscle tone.

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    FOR SORE MUSCLES

    Make a massage oil for joint and muscle pain.
    Mix oils and blend well. Massage it well into the affected areas.

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    FOR BRITTLE NAILS

    A oil blend for strengthening nails.
    Blend Lemon, Benzoin, and Sandalwood oils in Jojoba oil. If there is also fungus on your nails, add Tea Tree oil to the mixture. Massage the blend into your naills daily to strengthen them, encourage blood flow and promote new cell growth.

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  • TO PREVENT SCAR FORMATION

    Benzoin oil helps to prevent formation of unsightly scar tissue.
    Mix oils and blend well. Rub into healing wounds at night to prevent scars.

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  • Benzoin Oil Balm


    BENZOIN OIL CHEST BALM

    A chest balm with Benzoin oil to reduce the urge to cough and loosens mucus.
    Warm Sweet Almond oil, Beeswax, and Cocoa Butter in a double boiler until all ingredients are melted. Stir in Benzoin, Frankincense and Roman Chamomile oils. Pour mixture into a balm-ointment container and allow to cool. To use, apply a thin layer of balm to the chest and back each morning and evening until symptoms abate.

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    FOR NERVOUS TENSION - TO CALM THE EMOTIONS

    Benzoin oil calms the emotions and eases nervous tension.

    Put a few drops of Benzoin Oil on a small handkerchief and deeply inhale the aroma to soothe frazzled nerves, exhaustion and anxiety.

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  • FOR HANDS & FEET SKIN

    The skin on the hands and feet can crack easily.
    Combine oils and mix well. Massage the mixture into the affected areas, as needed. This makes the skin more supple and heals small cracks quickly.

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  • FOR ITCHING ECZEMA

    A combination of oils to help treat itching eczema problems.
    Apply oil combination to flaking or itching eczema. The blend stops the itch and soothes the pain.

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  • BENZOIN DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Benzoin comes in various forms and is an ingredient in numerous products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.



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    BENZOIN RESIN ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Benzoin Resin Absolute Essential Oil (Styrax Tonkinesis), Certified Organic Aromatherapy Products
    From Laos, organic cultivation, solvent extracted and mixed with organic ethanol at 55%.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Benzoin Absolute oil (Styrax benzoin) from Sumatra, has a rich, sweet, vanilla-like scent. Prepared from the resing using solvents and alcohol, which are then removed. Warning - Skin irritant, dilute well before using.

    Starwest Botanicals: Benzoin Absolute Essential Oil, 1/3 fl. oz.
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    Starwest Botanicals: Benzoin Absolute Essential Oil, 16 fl. oz.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Benzoin Resin Absolute Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 1/3 fl oz: C
    Kalyx: Benzoin Resin Absolute Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl oz: C
    The sweet fragrance has been used in incense blends for thousands of years. A rose and benzoin combination is a pleasant, soothing scent. Benzoin oleoresin is extracted with hot alcohol. The alcohol is then removed leaving a concentrated tincture known as a resin absolute. Benzoin resin absolute is a thick, brownish-yellow oil with a sweet, balsamic odor and a hint of vanilla. Aromatherapy benefits: soothing, comforting, warming. When concentration is needed, Benzoin is best avoided for it can have a relaxing effect. Benzoin oil can be used for bronchitis, coughs, colds, wounds, acne, eczema, psoriasis, rheumatism, arthritis, scar tissue, circulation, nervous tension, stress, muscle pains, chilblains, rashes and mouth ulcers. Benzoin oil's greatest benefit lies in that is has a calming effect on the nervous and digestive systems, a warming effect on circulation problems and a toning effect on the respiratory tract. In vapor therapy Benzoin oil can be used for the nervous system, calming and bringing comfort to the depressed and emotionally exhausted. Benzoin oil can be used in blended massage oil, or diluted in the bath to assist with general aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism, and chronic bronchitis and coughing. Poor circulation can also benefit as well as stiff muscles. Benzoin oil has a calming effect when used as a massage oil, or in the bath when feeling depressed, or in stressful times or just as a relaxant. Benzoin oil is a good remedy for dry, cracked skin, cuts and wounds as well as for acne, and irritable and itching skin.
    Kalyx: Benzoin, Resin Absolute Essential Oil, Starwest Botanicals, 16 fl oz: C
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