19 November 2008

Botanical Name
Styrax tonkinensis

Origin
The Benzoin tree is from Java, Sumatra and Thailand

Color
Golden brown

Consistency/ Viscosity
Very Thick, Hard to Work With, a treacle-like viscosity

Perfumery Note
Base

Aroma
Sweet, warm, woody, and vanilla creamy aroma

Strength of Initial Aroma
Light

Extraction Method
Benzoin oil is extracted from the resin of a seven years and older tree by solvent extraction. It yields 65-85% oil

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Vanillin, Coniferyl benzoate, siaresinolic acid, and cinnamyl benzoate

Therapeutic properties
Antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative and vulnerary

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Bronchitis, coughs, colds, wounds, acne, eczema, psoriasis, rheumatism, arthritis, scar tissue, circulation, nervous tension, stress, muscle pains, chilblains, rashes, mouth ulcers, chapped skin, laryngitis
Precaution
When concentration is needed, Benzoin is best avoided for it can have a relaxing effect.
Possible skin sensitivity and contact dermatitis

Blend With
Bergamot, Coriander, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose and Sandalwood

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