The health benefits of benzoin oil are vast and varied. It has been attributed with many helpful properties which can be applied in many ways to obtain maximum impact. It is known as a relaxing, astringent, anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-depressant, cordial, expectorant, diuretic, sedative, deodorant, and vulnerary substance. It positively impacts the skin, hair, kidneys, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, mouth and gums, as well as blood sugar, among other things.
Benzoin oil is obtained from the benzoin tree, and has been in use for thousands of years now. The trunk of the benzoin tree is tapped to extract the thick, resinous substance, which is then processed and turned into the benzoin oil. To obtain the best quality of resin, the tree must first mature for seven years. The oil itself is rich in aroma, is thick and resinous, and golden in color.
Benzoin oil contains a wide variety of good chemicals that can impact our health in a positive way. Its chief components are benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, benzaldehyde, coniferal benzoate, vanillin, and cinnamic acid. When combined, they make a potent potion of wonderful benefits for the overall health and well-being of the human body.
When burnt and inhaled, the molecules of the oil along with the smoke stimulate the nervous center of the brain. The smells first stimulate our smell receptors and their effects are then transmitted to the brain. The general feeling described by people who have inhaled benzoic oil, describe it as a “warming sensation”. Scientifically, these molecules stimulate the heart and increases heart rate, thereby improving circulation.
Research has shown that the burning of benzoin oil directly impacts mood. This benefit is related to that of improved circulation, in that the increased flow of blood results in higher levels of oxygen flowing through the body and reaching its various organs. Its mood lifting properties is also one of the reasons why it is used across the world in religious and cultural ceremonies. The feeling of celebration is said to be heightened with the burning of this oil.
Those who practice aromatherapy, recommend benzoin oil incense for people suffering from anxiety and depression. Benzoin oil is known as an antidepressant and stimulant, as well as a sedative and relaxant. Based on the affliction, the different properties of this oil react on the person, to improve their symptoms. By regulating the nervous system and restoring balance, it relieves the body of tension, nervousness, stress, and anxiety. It has a tranquilizing effect, which calms the nerves and restores balance. In this way, it can effectively treat anxiety. In the case of depression, it lifts the mood, as discussed above, and stimulates heart rate. This in turn, pumps the body into action. It treats symptoms of depression, such as lethargy, in this way.
Research studies have shown, that benzoin oil has amazing disinfectant and antiseptic properties. There are three crucial components in this oil that contribute to this property. Benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, and benzaldehyde together form an extremely effective bactericidal, fungicidal, antiviral, and germicidal substance. In fact, when burnt, even the smoke from burning disinfects the areas to which it spreads. When applied to wounds, it can prevent the development of sepsis, which can be a fatal disease if left untreated.
One of the reasons why benzoin oil is so popular, is because it has anti-flatulent and carminative properties. What this means is that when consumed in small quantities, it relieves the intestines of inflation by removing the gases in the stomach and intestines. Its relaxant properties come into play here as well. As it relaxes the muscles of the abdomen, it enables gas to pass from the intestinal tract. In turn, it can improve the digestion process and increase appetite.
One of the most well-known properties of the benzoin essential oil is its rich aroma. It is commonly used in body deodorants as well as room fresheners. It is one of the most highly recommended essential oils for people who have a condition of bad body odor. It is simple and easy to use. It can be mixed with massage oils and bathing water. On the other hand, it can also be applied to the body directly, to problem areas such as the armpits. It kills odor causing germs. The chemicals that are attributed with this property is present in abundance in benzoin oil, and are derivatives of the benzene ring in this oil. Benzene is a cyclic hydrocarbon compound, and like all compounds of this type, is rich in aromatics.
Benzoin oil has strong astringent properties. What this means is that when it is applied to the skin, it penetrates deep tissue and tones up the muscles as well as the skin. Therefore, it keeps the skin hydrated and prevents the skin from showing or developing signs of aging, such as wrinkles. Benzoin oil is a key component in rubs and balms used to treat eczema and atopic dermatitis, as it prevents skin from cracking.
Benzoin oil acts as a great expectorant because of its disinfectant properties as well as it being warm oil. It decongests all the parts of the respiratory system, including the lungs, bronchi, and trachea. In this way, it decreases the amount of phlegm congealed in the system and gradually treats the cough. Additionally, it also treats the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany a cough. Its tranquilizing nature helps relax the muscles and induces sleep, where a chest congestion would usually keep the patient awake and uncomfortable through the night. Because of this property, it is commonly used in vaporizers, balms, and rubs.
Consumption of benzoin oil can improve the frequency and quantity of urine. This is because it has diuretic properties, which can help people who pass urine infrequently and experience a burning sensation while urinating. This property is especially beneficial because urination ensures that the toxic substances present in our blood pass through our system through urine. Healthy urination also improves digestion, assists in losing weight, and lowers blood pressure.
The anti-inflammatory properties of benzoin oil are beneficial in many ways. In our day-to-day lives, this oil can reduce the inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, when we consume an excess of spicy food. In this way, it can prevent the development of ulcers. Additionally, it also soothes external inflammations, such as rashes and eruptions, as well as pox and measles. In this case, the oil is applied on to the skin, instead of being consumed.
The anti-inflammatory properties of benzoin oil, also make it a key component in rubs and balms that treat Rheumatism and Arthritis. As it has great penetrative properties, the benzyl components of this oil act on the affected area and relieve inflammation and the resultant pain in the joints.
Benzoin oil is a great stimulate of enzymes and hormones, such as insulin. By acting on the endocrinal gland, it can produce a higher amount of insulin, which lowers the levels of blood sugar. In this way, it is effective in preventing and treating diabetes. Additionally, it also regulates other metabolic functions.
The benzoin oil has two main uses. The first is in maintaining a healthy body and treating illness, and the other is in beauty. With respect to the former, benzoin oil has been majorly used to treat afflictions of the skin. It is incorporated largely into balm, rubs, and ointments that can be applied extraneously, since the oil absorbs well. This essential oil has also been incorporated in soaps and shampoos. Since the quantity of this oil is highly regulated in daily-use items like soap, the effects are gradual. Further, they can also be burnt and used for their warm aroma, which can uplift the mood, among other things. Benzoin oil is a great astringent and toner, and is therefore useful in keeping the skin young and beautiful.
Although benzoin oil has many health benefits, experts caution against using it undiluted. In concentrated amounts, it can harm the body instead of helping the body. Further, when ingested in excess, it may irritate the digestive system and cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and headache. Users must test themselves for allergies, as those sensitive to it may break out or develop rashes. Since there haven’t been many studies on its effects on pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, they should refrain from using it.
Benzoin oil has been around for thousands of years, at the very least. The benzoin tree originated in Laos and Vietnam. However, it was also known to the Ancient Greeks, Roman, and Egyptians, among other ancient civilizations. It was used for its medicinal properties in healing many diseases. Additionally, it was also used for its rich aroma and stimulating properties in religious ceremonies. The purpose was to induce euphoria, so that the celebration would become more boisterous. In the olden days, the oil would also be burnt, in some parts of the world, and the smoke was used by women to make the hair smell good.