Plant/part :Tree/gum from trunk (source:java, sumatra and thailand)
Latin name : Styrax benzoin
Family : Styacaceae
Note : Base
Extraction : Solvent extraction
Aroma: Sweet like vanilla
Properties: Benzoin is a warming, vanilla scented resin absolute from sumatra with uplifting and soothing properties. Seems to have a rejuvenating effect on the body. It warms the heart and circulation and may ease general aches and pains as well as arthritis. Also helps with disorders of the urinary tract such as cystitis since it aids urine flow. A remedy for genital problems like leucorrhoea and may have a part to play with sexual difficulties, reputedly premature ejaculation. Calming effect on the stomach, expels flatulence and strengthens the pancreas aiding digestion. Said to control blood sugar levels which could be helpful to sufferers of diabetes.
Chemical constituents: Benzoic, cinnamic (acids), benzoi aldehyde, vanillin (aldehydes), benzyl benzoate (ester) .
Precautions: Best avoided when concentration is needed – could have a drowsy effect
Blends : Add to carrier oil/cream for protecting skin against chapping or cracking. / aka friars balsam.
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