This essential oil, also known as gum benjamin, comes from benzoin tree native to Thailand, Java and Sumatra. Benzoin oil has a warm and sweet scent similar to that of vanilla. In the past, this essential oil has been mainly used as an ingredient for Friar’s balsam, a concoction that is used to treat respiratory problems. Aside from addressing respiratory related problems, benzoin oil is widely used nowadays to:
Treat rashes and measles;
Promote and facilitate urination;
Provide relief from arthritis and rheumatism;
Protect wounds from infection;
Remove excess gas from the stomach;
Treat coughs; and,
Promote blood circulation.
Other health benefits of benzoin oil include:
Boosting the pancreas;
Regulating blood sugar levels; and,
Reducing irritation, swelling and itchiness on skin.
Pro tips: Mix 4 drops of benzoin oil to 10 ml almond oil, 2 drops lemon oil and 2 drops wheatgerm oil. Dilute the mixed oil with water. Apply on the skin to get rid of brown marks.