Botanical name: Styrax benzoin
Plant part: resin
Method of extraction: solvent extraction
Description: The benzoin tree grows in Java, Sumatra, Thailand and and other parts of Asia. It grows to 8 metres. Deep incisions are made in the trunk of the tree from which the grayish colour sap exudes. When the resinous lump becomes hard and brittle, it is collected from the bark.
Colour: golden brown, very viscous
Uses: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory.
Benzoin is used as an essential oil as well as a fixative in perfumes.
Benzoin essential oil can be used for wounds, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scar tissue, muscle pains.
Consistency: thick and viscous
Aromatic scent: sweet, warm and vanilla-like aroma
History: Benzoin is one of the classic ingredients of incense. In ancient civilisations it was used in fumigation. Benzoin is an ingredient of 'Friar's balsam', an aid to respiratory problems.
Safety data: Avoid during pregnancy; skin irritant (dilute before using externally); may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.
It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
Essential oils should be avoided in pregnancy due to their possible skin sensitising effects.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.