Updated: Dec 7, 2017
Benzoin helps to clear the mind and to fight depression, loneliness and sadness by raising the spirit and uplifting the mood. It also gives a warm feeling, stimulates the heart beat and improves circulation. It relieves anxiety, tension, nervousness, and stress. It brings the nervous system and neurotic system to normal. Tincture of benzoin can be found in ballerinas’ medicine cabinets around the globe; they take advantage of its vulnerary (wound protecting) properties to treat sores and blisters incurred by dancing on their toes and to protect their feet from further assault. It also helps keep blister pads in place by virtue of its resinous consistency.
If you suffer from acute or chronic nasal and/or chest congestion, you can add a few drops of benzoin essential oil and one of eucalyptus essential oil to a bowl of steaming water and hold your face over it, inhaling the fragrant and decongesting aromas.
Benzoin essential oil is antiseptic, it’s germicidal, bactericidal, fungicidal, and antiviral. A balm made with benzoin essential oil is ideal to have on hand for scratches, burns, skin ulcers, and other wounds.
Spirit: warms and strengthens the heart, opening it to receive love as well as creating a feeling of sweetness and tranquility.
Tip: In olden days, women in some parts of the world used to smoke their hair with Benzoin oil smoke to make it smell good.
Contraindications: toxic in nature, therefore, ingestion or inhalation of excessive quantities can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and lack of oxygen in the blood. Avoid on sensitive skins.