Benzoin essential oil or Onycha (Styrax benzoin) is an essence that is extracted from the gum resin. When it is mixed with alcohol it is referred to as tincture of benzoin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and natural wound healer. It can be used as a home remedy for bronchitis, rheumatism and skin.
Benzoin tincture was used for over 200 years as an antiseptic in hospitals prior to World War II because of its antimicrobial properties. In some parts of the world, they are returning to its use, as more super bugs become resistant to synthetically made antiseptics.
Benzoin is a “warm” oil that helps the cardiovascular system, emotions and the skin.
What is the Genus Species? Styrax benzoin. Its common name is Onycha, Benzoin, Styrax, Friar’s Balm, Benjamin Tree and Java Frankincense. When it is mixed with ethyl alcohol it is referred to as tincture of benzoin.
Why is this information important? It’s always important to know your genus species of your oil. Just the common name on the bottle doesn’t really tell you exactly what you’re getting.
Where did the name come from? Onycha derived from Hebrew “shechelet”, derived from an Arabic word “husks of wheat or barley”. Styrax means fragrant gum and benzoin means incense of Java.
What Part of the Plant is Used? Resin
What is the ORAC Value? Can’t seem to find it. Please let me know if you do!
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Benzoin tincture was used as an antiseptic in hospitals?
Yes, before the days of synthetically made antiseptic tincture of benzoin was what was used!!
What are the Plant Properties? Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant and sedative.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Benzoin Essential Oil? Arthritis, asthma, bleeding, bronchitis, chapped skin, circulation, colds, coughs, cuts, flu, gout, laryngitis, lesions, mucus, nervous tension, rheumatism, skin, sore throat, stomach, stress, urinary tract and wounds.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its spicy and hot aroma is soothing and calming.
What is the Spiritual and Emotional Influence? Benzoin essential oil was placed in the Holy Incense Oil given to Moses for making sure the area used for sacrifices was free of disease, cleansed and purified.
Benzoin oil also can cleanse and purify the spirit. It helps to release the energy of suppression and feelings of being eliminated or annihilated. It promotes feelings of liberation, freedom and emancipation.
What Chakra is Affected? Solar plexus chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-Brown
How do I use it?
Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,
• Apply several drops (2-4) on location
• Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
• Directly inhale
• Diffuse or
• Dietary Supplement.
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, but I would use Purification instead. More readily available and great for ticks, fleas and flies as well.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine oils in particular when using non therapeutic grade oils. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils for therapeutic results! Benzoin essential oil is approved by the FDA as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL). Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that Onycha oil is mentioned in the Bible one time directly and 54 times indirectly? Yes it was an important antimicrobial oil of ancient times!
Did you know that Onycha smells like Vanilla? Yes it contains vanillin aldehyde that gives vanilla that distinctive smell!
Put Benzoin on cuts to disinfect and accelerate healing!
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