Taken from the resin of the gum tree, benzoin essential oil has been used as a natural medicine for thousands of years.
Benzoin essential oil uses
Traditionally, its incense was used to keep troublesome spirits at bay, and it’s still used by aromatherapists to banish negative thoughts and combat feelings of depression. In fact, its balancing effect on the root and solar plexus chakra means it can evoke feelings of pure joy.
Benzoin is one of those essential oils that seems to have positive effects on most areas of our physical and emotional wellbeing. It appears in many creams and lotions, and it helps to maintain a balanced complexion and soothes dry skin.
Benzoin contains benzaldehydes, which help soothe cuts and grazes so it’s one oil you should certainly have in your home first aid kit. It also helps to reduce inflammation, and the uplifting scent works to calm anxiety in the event of minor bumps and accidents at home. Some find that benzoin makes them a little drowsy, so be careful about using it before driving.
With aromatic notes of vanilla and chocolate, it’s no surprise that benzoin blends well with a whole host of other oils, adding a happy note to any recipe. Benzoin essential oil blends especially well with black pepper, juniper, lavender and ginger.
Benzoin essential oil benefits
Benzoin oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and healing qualities – and that’s in addition to its powerful effects on the mind and spirit. Benzoin can be used topically to treat minor skin ailments such as cracked skin and ulcers.
Thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial components, adding benzoin to a diffuser can help to cleanse the home from germs when illness strikes.
Benzoin essential oil has a rich, pleasant scent that makes it a popular addition to baths and massage oils. Inhaling the fragrance will uplift your mood and leave you feeling fresh and smelling good. Benzoin also acts as a natural deodorant, as its antibacterial properties eliminate the bacteria that causes smelly odours.
Thanks to its diuretic properties, some aromatherapists believe benzoin oil may help to promote the passing of urine and cleanses the body from toxins. This, in turn, can lower blood pressure and support healthy digestion, however it’s always best to talk to your doctor before pursuing any alternative treatments for a serious illness.
Benzoin is also commonly used for the relief of respiratory infections, coughs, colds and laryngitis.
Other benefits linked to benzoin include soothing the pain caused by arthritis, balancing blood sugar levels, tightening loose gums and reducing stress.
Benzoin essential oil facts
|Ingredients||Benzoin sumatera crystals, alcohol, propylene glycol|