Of Interest: Thick, viscous oil at room temperature. Benzoin is extracted from a large tropical tree up to 20m high.
Method: Directly from tree resin
Note Classification: Base
Scent: Warm, sweet, balsamic, slight vanilla, almond
Colour: Reddish-brown, orange-brown, greyish-brown
Species: Styrax Benzoin, Family Styracaceae ( Styrax ). 2 main varieties…Sumatra benzoin (S. paralleloneurus )
Siam benzoin ( S. tonkinensis )
Extracted From: Directly from tree
By-products: Friars Balsam is a compound tincture of benzoin and is still used for respiratory complaints.
Historical: Used in the East for medicine and incense.
Of Interest: Thick, viscous oil at room temperature. Benzoin is extracted from a large tropical tree which can grow upto up to 20m high.
Aromatherapy Properties: Excellent for respiratory problems. Soothing on nervous systems. Cuts and chapped skin.
Blends Well With: Citrus oils
Chemical Analysis: Sumatra benzoin: coniferyl cinnamate, sumaresinolic acid, benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, styrene, vanillin, benzaldehyde
Siam benzoin: coniferyl benzoate 65-75% + benzoic acid, vanillin, siaresinolic acid, cinnamyl benzoate
Safety Data: Non-toxic but occasionally sensitizing. Possible contact dermatitis.
Essential oils are used for blending with Carrier Oils to make special blends for massaging the body.
By adding different essential oils to the base carrier oil this then during massage carries the essential oils into the body.
So when mixing essential oil from a recipe please do not add more than recommended for one massage and if the skin is dry and you need more oil just add more carrier base oil not more essential oil.
Essential oils can be used in the bath, in cream, lotion, bath oil, bath salts, bath bombs, oil burners, inhalers, hot & cold compresses, perfume, soap & candle-making.
Always keep your oils out of the reach of children, in a safe cool dark place and keep as you would any medicines.