Benzoin Essential Oil
Latin Name: Styrax benzoin
Part of plant: Resin
Aroma Character: Warm, sweet, balsamic
Blends Well with: Coriander, Frankincense, Myrrh
Benzoin Indications : Breathing difficulty, wounds, growths, frostbite, burns; skin ailments, psoriasis, eczema, acne.
Benzoin Main Components : Coniferyl-benzoate ester, cinnamic acid,
Benzoin Contraindications, side effects: None known for normal dosage.
Benzoin has been used for thousands of years in the East as a medicine and incense. In the West, it is best known in the form of compound tincture of Benzoin or Friars Balsam, used for respiratory complaints. Externally it is used for cuts and irritable skin conditions; internally traditionally used as a carminative for indigestion.
Like Myrrh and Frankincense, it is both soothing and stimulating. It is also very warming, and this makes it particularly helpful for colds, flu, coughs and sore throats.