More About Our Benzoin Essential Oil
Size: 5 ml violet glass bottle
Distillation: Steam distilled by artisans, from the gum of wild trees
Botanical name: Styrax tonkinensis
Texture: Thick and resinous
Note: Historically known as Gum Benjamin. Though many species exist that yield a similar oil, Styrax tonkinensis is the only species with this wide array of medicinal properties. Most benzoin “essential oil” is solvent extracted, regardless of how it is labeled. Ours is wild-crafted and steam distilled.
Homeopathic Properties of Benzoin Essential Oil
- Anti-pruritic–relieves prickly feeling and itching skin
- Balances blood sugar
- Emollient–good for use on cracked heels, dry skin
Internal–oral, inhalation, diffusion–if mixed with thinner oils
External–topical application; massage; local compress; skin treatment; energy centers; small wounds and injuries
Observations and Anecdotal Information
Benzoin essential oil is normally solvent extracted (ours is pure steam distilled). Solvent extracted oils are not of therapeutic quality, or suitable for internal uses. Other similar species are often represented as “benzoin” as well.
A diluted blend of benzoin essential oil is helpful for relieving the itching and irritation of chicken pox and measles. It also makes a wonderful post natal massage oil, relieving sensitivity, warming, and stimulating circulation.
Smelling benzoin can help anorexia, relieving the resistance to food.
It can help asthma by opening the breathing passages when inhaled. It works well in inhalers for these purposes.
- Generally recognized as safe at normal dosages.
None of our products are recognized or approved by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be taken as medical advice. See a health care professional for medical advice.