Benzoin is a thick oil which has a rich sweet-balsamic odour. Benzoin is traditionally thought to be anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antiseptic.
Benzoin | Latin Name: Styrax Benzoin | Family: Syracuse | Extraction: Solvent Extraction | Plant Part: Tree, Gum from the trunk
This Oil is produced from both the Siam and Sumatra types or a mix of the two. It is orange to brown in viscous mass with an intensely sweet rich balsamic odour.
Java, Sumatra and Thailand give us this tree. Triangular wounds are cut into the bark from which the sap exudes. It does not occur naturally. The greyish brown resinous lump is pressed into a solid mass and is not strictly an essential oil more a resin. It is melted by heating over water before it can be used.