Although it’s been around for centuries, not many people know a lot about benzoin essential oil and its uses. This wonderful essential oil is known for its earthy vanilla and rich sandalwood scent. Its uses are not only restricted to beauty and cosmetic products. Benzoin oil has also been used for medicinal purposes due to its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, antiseptic, antidepressant and sedative properties. A little fun fact about benzoin oil; Queen Elizabeth I would mix it up in her perfumes and use it fondly for its rich scent.
Want to find out more about this curious and earthy essential oil? Read on and find out more!
- What is Benzoin Essential Oil?
- Benzoin Magical Properties & Benefits
- Gives Your Skin A Healthy Glow
- Treats & Prevents Infection
- Reduces Anxiety & Relaxes the Mind
- Helps with Urination
- Improves Digestive Health
- Acts As A Natural Deodorant
- Helps with Pain Management & Arthritis
- Treats Cough & Relieves Congestion
- Relieves Inflammation
- Great for Aromatherapy
- How to Use Benzoin Essential Oil?
What is Benzoin Essential Oil?
Benzoin essential oil is a dark golden color, with earthy sandalwood and vanilla scent derived from the resin of the Styrax Benzoin tree. What makes this oil so unique, other than its natural healing properties and divine fragrance is that actually to get to the “essential oil” part, you need to wait for the Styrax benzoin tree to be seven years old before tapping it for its resin. After tapping the resin, it takes 3 to 4 months for it to harden before alcohol is used to extract out the essential oil from its resin. Benzoin oil is known to contain chemical constituents such as benzoic acid, coniferyl benzoate, benzyl benzoate, benzaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and vanillin. Due to a few of the chemical components, some individuals may develop allergic reactions when using benzoin oil, which is why I recommend doing a small skin patch test 24 hours before using the essential oil, just to make sure you’re not allergic to it.
Despite it’s earthy and summery fragrance, benzoin essential oil has plenty of therapeutic and health benefits and can do a lot to heal your body and mind.
Benzoin Magical Properties & Benefits
Many of Benzoin oil’s magical health benefits can be attributed to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, disinfecting, diuretic, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic and sedative properties. There’s a reason why it’s been used in religious ceremonies, and it’s not only to drive the wicked spirits away.
Gives Your Skin A Healthy Glow
One of the benefits of benzoin essential oil lies in its astringent property. This means it helps contract your skin cells, shrink up those visible pores and tighten your skin. Some people also prefer using it as a gum tightening mouthwash, where they add in a few drops of the essential oil in water and gargle with it to help tighten their gums. Benzoin is known to improve your skin tone and texture, giving your complexion a younger and wrinkle-free glow. However, using benzoin oil directly onto the skin can sometimes be irritating, which is why we recommend diluting it with some other oil such as olive or coconut oil for the best results. Till today benzoin is used in cosmetics, soaps, and creams because of its astringent property and its lovely fragrance.
Treats & Prevents Infection
Due to its antiseptic, vulnerary, and disinfecting properties, benzoin is one of those great ways to treat and prevent infections. When used on an open wound, it prevents infections from setting in and protects the wound from microorganisms like bacteria, fungi or viruses from invading the wound, preventing sepsis or infection. It is believed that benzoin is such an excellent disinfectant and germicide that when its incense burns, it’s smoke acts as a germicide.
Reduces Anxiety & Relaxes the Mind
Do you know how the best lavender essential oil in the market is known to help reduce stress and anxiety? You might want to reconsider and try benzoin essential oil for your daily aromatherapy session, because, honey, this smells like summer, vanilla and all sorts of good things! Going to drop a Chemistry 101 lesson for a second. Many of the chemical constituents present in benzoin oil have phenyl or aromatic rings, which is a major part of why it smells soo good. And the vanillin, which gives it a vanilla touch. Benzoin is a relaxant and a tension reliever, as it brings the hyperactivity of the nervous system back to normal. When its incense is burned, it has a calming effect, it helps improve your blood circulation and calms your heartbeat.
Helps with Urination
There’s a reason why benzoin helps with urination and here’s why. Benzoin oil has diuretic properties which promotes peeing, and since it helps with blood circulation, it also plays a role in blood filtration by your kidneys which helps with urination. Even though many believe it is known to help with urination, more research needs to be done to understand how benzoin oil works to help with the process.
Improves Digestive Health
Another one of benzoin oil uses is, it improves your overall digestive health, and you might even feel the difference. Due to the accumulation of gases in your stomach or intestines, you might end up feeling bloated. However, benzoin oil helps relieve your digestive system of these gases, and it helps the muscles in the digestive tract relax, therefore allowing the leftover food substances to move through your intestine easily and helps improve your gut health as well.
Acts As A Natural Deodorant
Because of its rich and lovely fragrance, benzoin oil has been used in lots of deodorants, perfumes and skincare products. It has germicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which plays a role in killing and fighting the microorganism that may be responsible for causing bad odor. According to a study, benzoin oil mixed with juniper oil can help get rid of and cover up a nasty foot odor. The essential oil is usually incorporated in warm baths or massage oils to give its maximum fragrant and deodorizing effects. Remember, not only does it eliminate the odor-causing microorganisms but its own earthy scent leaves you feeling ready for the summer and fresh.
Helps with Pain Management & Arthritis
This essential oil is very well known in Ayurvedic medicine to help with pain management of arthritis, and it is also anti-rheumatic in nature. When massaged into your joints or body parts that swell up or are inflamed and painful due to rheumatism or arthritis, it is easily absorbed into the skin and provides relief from the pain. Benzoin oil is usually used in balms and creams to help manage pain from arthritis. Want to relieve those aches and pains? Add a few drops of the essential oil in a warm bath, along with marjoram oil, to help ease the pain. Or mix a few drops of the benzoin oil with some ginger oil, black pepper oil, juniper oil, lavender oil, and coconut oil before rubbing it onto your joints or areas that swell up and hurt the most. This combo is an instant pain reliever and will get rid of those aches in no time.
Treats Cough & Relieves Congestion
One of the most well-known benzoin essential oil benefits is its ability to relieve chest and nasal congestion and treat coughs. Since this essential oil is warm and has disinfecting properties, it helps clear the thick mucus and phlegm that line your respiratory tract and relieves congestion. It also helps you sleep much better at night, especially if you have a case of sore throat or cold and flu. Benzoin oil has been used in a lot of rubs, balms, and vaporizers to help relieve the coughing and congestion symptoms.
Benzoin oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Coupled with arthritis and rheumatism, inflammation of joints and certain body parts is inevitable. If you want to help relieve inflammation caused by acne, pox, measles, arthritis, or rashes, applying benzoin oil to the area with other pain-relieving essential oils is a good place to start.
Great for Aromatherapy
Without a doubt, benzoin oil is just one of those essential oils you need to include in your next aromatherapy session. It has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies to help relax and calm the mind and body. It’s sugary and earthy, and the vanilla-like fragrance is bound to help you loosen up after a stressful day at work. Due to its mood-enhancing abilities, it’s best used in baths and as a massage oil. Since it helps you lose the stress and anxiety, it’s one of those awesome essential oils you need to add to your diffuser before going to bed, as it relaxes the mind and helps you fall asleep. If you’re someone who’s an insomniac or would like to destress, try out chamomile with lavender tea. Along with your benzoin oil for the aromatherapy and some chamomile lavender tea, you’re mind and body will thank you.
How to Use Benzoin Essential Oil?
There are many ways to use this essential oil. Add a few drops of it with coconut oil or olive oil and massage it into your body for soft, supple and healthier-looking skin. You can also add this essential oil to a warm bath to help you unwind after a stressful day. If you want to relieve chest or nasal congestion, try adding a few drops of benzoin, lavender and hyssop oil into a steamer and inhale the vapors for five to ten minutes for congestion-free breathing. Want to make your home smell like summer, vanilla, and all those good things? Add a few drops of benzoin oil in a candle type of diffuser with any other essential oil, like lavender oil. And enjoy the calming and peaceful effect it has on your mind and body.
At Auraat, we believe that there are lots of ways to use essential oils, depending on what you’re in the mood for and what you’re about to use it for. However, we also recommend a quick skin patch test 24 hours before trying the essential oil to make sure you’re not allergic to it. And if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, we urge you to consult with a doctor before using any essential oils.
Stay safe, stay healthy and unwind for the day with some sweet-smelling benzoin essential oil.