Benzoin Essential Oil

Species: Styrax Benzoin
Plant Family: 

Lauraceae

Origins: 

Java, Thailand and Sumatra

Extraction: 

The oil is obtained by solvent extraction from the resin of the tree. 

Properties: 

Antiseptic, Anti-depressant, Astringent, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Cordial, Deodorant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative and Vulnerary

Usage & methods of application: 

In massage Benzoin is used well diluted to help soothe inflammation of the skin, relieve dermatitis and to help cracked skin heal. Its calming properties can also be useful in allaying inflammation caused by gout and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also help to boost the circulation, aid digestion and ease flatulence. 

It can be burned or vaporised although only 1-2 drops will be required. It's used to ease coughs, congestion in the chest and in the treatment of flu and colds. It's regarded as a warming, euphoric oil which has a positive effect on the whole body. 

In the colder months Benzoin will often require gentle warming to render it mobile.

Blends well with: 

Benzoin will blend well with most oils and will add a lovely base note to your blend. In particular you may find it partners well with the spice oils such as Black Pepper, Ginger and Camphor. If you are looking to use it to help with a bronchial problem then it should be blended with oils like Eucalyptus, Ravensara or Pine.