6 Benefits of Benzoin and Why It's Essential for the Lungs
Mar 14, 2019
Benzoin is cherished throughout history because of its rich and diverse scent. It has been a common addition to perfumes, incense, and potpourri from ancient times up to the modern age.
It was also used in ancient and religious ceremonies as people believed the powerful enlightening aroma - more earthy than vanilla, and rich like sandalwood - could drive away wicked spirits.
Records have shown that benzoin resin was such a prized ingredient that it was the preferred gift of the Sultan of Egypt to the Queen of Cyprus and Doge of Venice. When the resin made its way to England, it was ground into powder and mixed in perfumes worn by Queen Elizabeth I.
How Benzoin Resin Is Collected
Benzoin resin is obtained from the bark of the ‘Styrax tonkinensis’ tree that can be found in Laos. More than an ingredient, benzoin represents a culture. The time and investment required to cultivate benzoin oil is huge. What makes it more special is that a tree can only be tapped after it has turned seven years old!
The method of collection is no easy feat as it is physically demanding and requires skilled technique. Laos farmers have to climb up to a height of 10 meters just to collect the precious resin. They use homemade rope ladders made from rattan. Once the resin has hardened, a solvent, such as alcohol, is added to extract the essential oil.
6 Amazing Benefits of Benzoin Oil
Most people don’t know that aside from its pleasant aroma, benzoin essential oil can do so much to heal the mind and body.
Below are the therapeutic benefits it can offer:
1. Healthier Skin
Benzoin oil is a great addition to any skincare routine. It has astringent properties that help reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It can tighten and lift the skin to make it look younger. According to studies, it also has soothing and healing abilities that improve skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, and pruritus.
2. Relieve Cough
Being a warm oil in nature, combined with its disinfectant properties, benzoin acts as an effective expectorant. It is used in balms and rubs to help decrease the amount of phlegm along the respiratory tract and relieves coughing. It also promotes relaxation and induces sleep in people suffering from congestion.
3. Pain Management
Those who suffer from the pains related to arthritis can find relief in benzoin oil. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic components that are easily absorbed through the skin. It can be massaged directly onto the affected joints or stiff muscles, or added to your bath water to ease the aches and pains.
4. Prevent Infection
Benzoin oil contains benzoic acid and benzaldehydes which have potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. This makes it a good treatment option for minor wounds and cuts. It helps cleanse the affected site to get rid of microbes that would cause infection. For topical application, it has to be diluted with a suitable carrier oil.
5. Removes Bad Odor
Benzoin is one of the few oils that can act as a natural lasting deodorant. It can eliminate odor-causing bacteria while adding its own distinctive scent which is more of a vanilla type. This function comes from the presence of benzene ring derivatives in this oil. It is often anchored with sage, cypress, and rose in deodorizing blends.
6. Emotional Wellbeing
Benzoin oil is commonly used in yoga or massage therapy because of its mood enhancing abilities. Its fragrance can put the mind at ease and in turn help the body relax. Inhaling benzoin oil through diffusion can also eliminate feelings of anxiety and stress. When used at bedtime, it can help you get a good night’s rest.
Kaliana’s Emotional Insights to Benzoin Essential Oil
As mentioned above, benzoin oil is very mood enhancing and effective at putting the mind at ease, to reduce stress and feelings of anxiety. Benzoin acts deeply in the lungs, which is the organ where we store grief and also restricts our ability to feel joy according to Chinese medicine.
Grief is not just the loss of a loved one, but the loss of anything we care deeply about - not making a sports team or club, moving away from a friend or home we love, losing a job, etc. Often we don’t acknowledge these types of losses as grief, and just keep ploughing forward in our lives. But the grief still occurs and gets stuffed into the lung tissue if we ignore it.
Grief is also what we feel when someone we love is diagnosed with a serious illness, injured in an accident, or traumatized in any way. Grief is something most of us have no idea how to heal, and therefore we avoid it...mostly because we need to feel strong, and also because if we do let ourselves cry, we feel we will never stop. Most of us believe that grief is an emotion that cannot be fixed, and therefore is best avoided. But that isn’t true.
Grief, although very deep, is an emotion that the heart can heal - with time and the proper support. And when it is ignored, grief tends to show up as issues with the lungs, from anything such as allergies, to coughs, bronchitis and pneumonia.
This is why benzoin can be so effective for the lungs and deep emotional pain. It smells divine - like vanilla, yet is deeply effective at assisting coughs, infections, and deep emotional traumas.
This is also why you will find it in 4 of my 7 Emotional Care Formulas...Calm, Clarity, Confidence and Recovery. Each of those emotional challenges need deep emotional release and support for the lungs.
You might wonder why I do not include benzoin in my Comfort formula which is for the heart and assisting grief. In the initial stages of grief, it is the heart that needs the greatest support. Broken-heart syndrome is a real thing, where the heart actually changes shape and can be at significant risk for a heart attack. We need to support the heart more than any other organ at that point, to help you stabilize and know that you can make it through. That’s why Comfort is specifically about supporting the heart.
I want to point out as well, that it is very natural (and safe) to use any of my other Formulas alongside Comfort as desired. My Formulas are all blended to work together as a team, just like different friends offer different types of support when you go through situations. We all need several forms of support, and having my variety enables you to customize the emotional support you or your family needs.
Ways to Use Benzoin Essential Oil
Benzoin oil can be used alone or combined with other oils. It blends well with frankincense, sandalwood, rose, and bergamot.
Diffuse benzoin when using it for anxiety or insomnia. To clear congestion, add a few drops to your hands and breathe in the vapors.
Dilute when used for massage: several drops per tablespoon of organic carrier oils such as jojoba or sesame (rapid penetration), olive or rosehip (rich in beneficial polyphenols and anthocyanins), and coconut or almond (affordability).
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treat. This information is based on research and knowledge by the author, and the ideas are not intended as substitute for medical advice. As with any products it is suggested that you check with your medical practitioner prior to use. The author disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of any products mentioned herein.