Complete Guide to Essential Oils/A to Z of essential oils/Benzoin

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Styrax benzoin
Styrax benzoin
Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)

Benzoin oil comes from the resin (dried sap) of the Styrax benzoin tree. It has a warm, sweet scent, similar to vanilla. It has a calming and stabilizing effect. It is a base note oil.

Properties[edit | edit source]

Benzoin resin
Benzoin resin

Digestive[edit | edit source]

Stimulates the pancreas and may help to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Emotional[edit | edit source]

Soothes stress, anxiety and nervousness. With a comforting and relaxing effect on the mind, it can help reduce "overthinking" and mental exhaustion. Use it with a carrier oil for massage or through inhalation.

Immunological[edit | edit source]

Benzoin has an anti-infectious property and can help to fight infection.

Respiratory[edit | edit source]

Relieves asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis and symptoms of a cold. For coughs and sore throats, apply benzoin in a balm or cream to the throat and chest.

Pain[edit | edit source]

Eases muscle pain. Use with a carrier oil for massage, or add to a bath. Soothes mouth ulcers.

Skin[edit | edit source]

Improves acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and scar tissue. Helps chapped skin, chilblains, frostbite and minor wounds to heal.

Blend with[edit | edit source]

Benzoin works well in blends with bergamot, frankincense, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, bitter orange and sandalwood.

Caution[edit | edit source]

  • Benzoin oil can be very relaxing.