Complete Guide to Essential Oils/A to Z of essential oils/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.
Stimulates the pancreas and may help to stabilize blood sugar levels.
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.
Benzoin has an anti-infectious property and can help to fight infection.
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.
Eases muscle pain. Use with a carrier oil for massage, or add to a bath. Soothes mouth ulcers.
- Benzoin oil can be very relaxing.