Benzoin Essential Oil

Styrax benzoin resin on a wooden background

Type of plant: Tree growing up over 80 feet high with green-yellow flowers

Part used: Resin

Method of extraction: Solvent extraction

Data: Benzoin is a resin from the tree trunk that is a yellowish color when it initially exudes and darkens as it dries. Benzoin has been valued for millennia, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Sometimes called benjamin gum.There are four varieties of benzoin tree and oil, although Styrax benzoin dryander is mostly used medicinally, with all types being used in perfumery.

Principal places of production: Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China

When buying look for: An amber-colored, honey-like liquid with a warm, balsamic, vanilla-like aroma. Benzoin is sometimes labeled in grades.

Therapeutic properties: Antidepressant, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, expectorant, pectoral, vulnerary

Therapeutic uses: Catarrh, bronchitis, coughs, colds, scar tissue, nervous tension, stress, emotional crisis

Blends well with: Bay laurel, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile german, coriander seed, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mastic, may chang, myrrh, myrtle, niaouli, nutmeg, orange (sweet), palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose absolute, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Precautionary advice: Those with highly sensitive skin and those prone to allergic skin reactions are advised to carry out a skin patch test.