Benefits and Uses of Benzoin Essential Oil
Benzoin essential oil has a funny name to me. When I first heard about this oil, I really thought it was a toxic chemical. In fact, I had to look it up because I want to minimize toxins as much as possible and definitely don’t want any in my products. After I researched it, I actually started digging benzoin essential oil because of its beneficial properties.
Here are 10 fascinating things to know about Benzoin Essential Oil
The botanical name is Styrax benzoin and it’s also known as Friar’s Balsam and Benjamin Gum.
It’s a hardened resin from a tropical tree that can grow up to 80 feet high.
Geographically it typically comes from Cambodia, Java, Laos, Sumatra, Thailand and Vietnam
It has a vanilla-like scent that is comforting, sweet and subtle. To me, it’s not one of those scents that is over-powering.
There are 4 different species of the benzoin tree, Styrax benzoin, is known to have more medicinal properties than the other species. The others are heavily used in the perfume industry.
Psychologically, it can help those who are sad, lonely, feeling alienated, depressed or even bereaved from a recent loss. This is one of the ingredients in my Sacred Summer blend (LINK) which I created in honor of my grandmother, who passed away. It was a perfect ingredient to be added as I was grieving.
Used traditionally in incense to get rid of evil spirits
Beneficial as a skin-care ingredient as it helps cut, chapped, cracked or inflamed skin
It’s known for the following properties: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, expectorant, pectoral and vulnerary.
Specifically, it’s been known to aid in circulation, anxiety, open wounds, sepsis, digestion issues, bad odor, cough, arthritis and other inflammation.
How to use Benzoin Essential Oil
I recommend diffusing 4-6 drops of the oil to bring calm, comfort and serenity into your home. If you want to use it topically, I recommend 4-6 drops in 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. That’s my favorite carrier to use personally!
One note, if you have sensitive skin, do a small patch test to make sure you don’t have a reaction to the oil before rubbing it over your entire body or areas of concern. Also, be smart about it and don’t get it in your eyes, ears, mouth or any special crevices of the body. If you aren’t sure how to utilize it for your specific needs, then feel free to reach out to me personally and I can answer any questions you might have before use. Check out this article for essential oil safety tips.
I love to mix and match my oils. Although I hated chemistry, I love blending different essential oils together to create beautiful aromas that soothe the body, mind and soul. With Benzoin essential oil, it typically blends well with other resin-based essential oils such as frankincense. It’s also great with other spices (bay laurel, black pepper, etc.), rose, sandalwood, jasmine, cypress, juniper, lemon, pine and many others.
Have you used benzoin essential oil before? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments.
References: 1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5435909/
2) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-benzoin-essential-oil.html 3) The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood