Purification, blessings, prosperity
Healing, energising, uplifting, stimulating
Planetary Association: Sun, Mars
Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Mut
Wiccan Sabbats: Autumn Equinox, Wheel of the Year.
A thick, goopy and fragrant oil, Styrax Benzoin Resinoid is a relaxing and soothing - instantly driving away depression and dreary thoughts. The scent is deeply sensuous and can be used to release emotional blockages and fears, particularly those of a sexual nature. In aromatherapy, Styrax Benzoin is used for dry, inflamed skin conditions and as an ingredient for products that help keep the skin elastic and young.
Benzoin, also known as gum benjamin, is an important ingredient in friar's balsam, or compound tincture of benzoin, which has been favoured for many years in the treatment of chest colds and bronchitis. The essential oil - or resinoid produced from the resin by solvent extraction and is very viscous. Some kinds are solid. It is orange-amber in colour and sold in liquid form.
Benzoin can be used to benefit the respiratory system by steam inhalation, is an effective expectorant and has an anti-inflammatory action that soothes laryngitis. Additionally, its antiseptic properties can help in the treatment of throat and respiratory infections. Its vanilla-like fragrance makes it enjoyable to use. In massage, mixed with a base oil, benzoin is used as a stress-reliever, relaxant and mood enhancer. It is invaluable in soothing 'jangled' nerves and will warm the body and mind, do much to relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain and stimulate a sluggish circulation.
Benzoin is generally kind to the skin and can be used as a cleanser and as a treatment for dry and chapped skin. It is also used extensively in the cosmetics industry as a fragrant addition to the ingredients in bath products, shampoos and perfumes.
Benzoin Resinoid is described as a sweet, balsamic, sensuous scent with notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Blends well with Ambrette Seed, Amyris, Rose, Geranium, Sandalwood and Agarwood. - Starchild, Benzoin Resinoid
Ways to use Benzoin Essential Oil:
- Add some Benzoin to your diffuser when studying, performing prosperity spells.
- Use when blessing your home.
- Use when experiencing 'blockages'
- Add to Fractionated coconut oil to create an all-natural perfume
- Dump a capful in a hot bath to relieve arthritic pain.
If you want to make a Benzoin Tincture check out Botanical Formulations, 'How to make a Benzoin Tincture'
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