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Benzoin Resinoid essential oil


Benzoin Resinoid essential oil

Styrax tonkinensis

Botanical Properties

Benzoin, also called Siam or Sumatra benzoin, is a large wild evergreen tree, native to South East Asia.
It belongs to the Styracaceae family.
The tree secretes a resin when the trunk is pierced.

Origin and history

Benzoin resin has been used since Antiquity.
In ancient Egypt, it was used for its disinfectant and perfuming properties, during embalming or for burning as incense.
It appears in the first medical texts in Ancient Greece as from the 1st century AD, for its properties against lung infection and skin diseases.

Organoleptic properties

Appearance: resinoid
Colour: brownish
Odour: balsamic fragrance, vanilla

Distilled parts: Solution in ethanol of the resin gum collected from the bark

Country of origin: Laos


Main biochemical constituents or chemotype: Benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, vanillin
Allergenic compounds naturally present in this essential oil: Benzyl benzoate
Some natural compounds contained in this essential oil may present a risk of allergy for some people. To check your tolerance, always perform an application test in the crease of the elbow before using your blends.


The benzoin resin is antifungal, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and a mild expectorant.
It regenerates the skin and is an excellent healing agent.
At the psychic level, it is relaxing, reassuring and anxiolytic.


Internally, benzoin can be used against coughing.
Its skin properties allow it to be used on broken skin, and against acne and fungal infections.



Consult a doctor before taking any treatment or therapy orally.
Oral administration: only on medical advice
On the skin: a few drops in a vegetable oil
With jojoba against acne, with calendula for skin irritations.
Its vanilla fragrance can also be used as a base note for creating a perfume.
By diffusion: its reassuring fragrance helps to combat anxiety

Possible synergies

Jasmine, neroli, ylang-ylang

Energetic values and synergies

In energetic aromatherapy, the benzoin resinoid is associated with the throat chakra or Vishuddhi.
Its colour is blue.
Benzoin resinoid controls excessive emotion and brings calm. It helps you to express yourself better and to regain confidence.
It eases tension.
Synergies: Clary sage, Bay laurel


Flammable. Oral administration on medical advice. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with the eyes. Not recommended for children under 3 years or pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not apply to the skin before sun exposure. Food usage possible. Do not use pure on the skin.


The data given on essential oils on this website is for information only. In no way does it replace the advice given by a doctor. For all therapeutic uses, or if you wish to obtain more information on essential oils, please consult a doctor.

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