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Overview

Benefits of Benzoin Oil And Its Side Effects

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.

Benefits of Benzoin Oil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Benzoin Oil
Nutritional Value of Benzoin Oil
Health Benefits of Benzoin Oil
Increases Circulation
Improves Mood
Treats Anxiety and Depression
Prevents Sepsis
Improves Digestion
Removes Bad Odor
Keeps the Skin Healthy and Hydrated
Treats Cough
Regulates Urination
Treats Inflammation
Relieves Arthritis and Rheumatism Pain
Regulates Blood Sugar
Uses of Benzoin Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Benzoin Oil
Cultivation of Benzoin Oil

Benzoin Oil

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.

Nutritional Value of Benzoin Oil

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.

Health Benefits of Benzoin Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Benzoin Oil
Health Benefits of Benzoin Oil

Increases Circulation

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.

Improves Mood

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.

Treats Anxiety and Depression

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.

Prevents Sepsis

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.

Improves Digestion

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.

Removes Bad Odor

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.

Keeps the Skin Healthy and Hydrated

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.

Treats Cough

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.

Regulates Urination

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.

Treats Inflammation

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.

Relieves Arthritis and Rheumatism Pain

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.

Regulates Blood Sugar

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.

Uses of Benzoin Oil

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.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Benzoin Oil

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.

Cultivation of Benzoin Oil

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.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hello sir/mam From last few days I am feeling bit lost and unstable from inside. I am staying away from my family for last 7 years due to some job. I am unmarried and stay alone. At new year I went my hometown for a week and met my family. Since the time I am back I am very depressed May be but not sure. I feel like crying very often. Please suggest what's wrong with me these days.

CCT (UK) General Psychiatry, MD-Psychiatry, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Thanks for reaching out. Based upon the history, you have given it seems there is more than an anxiety problems e.g. Might be anankastic traits or ADD. In order to help you it is necessary for us to understand your personality and background. I don't think generic advise will work for you. Best wishes.

Hello Dr. Mere husband depressed hai, unka liver bhi thoda fatty hai. please Aap kush acha guide kare.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
Good morning, It seems like your husband needs help with depression and might need to visit with a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist as the case might be. We here on Lybrate can help with your husband's problems online and you may want to book an appointment so that we can review and let you in on any advice that you might want to follow. Look forward to hearing from you. If you need help with booking an appointment online with me on this website either text, audio or video appointment for a confidential and private consultation you may do so by contacting the help desk of Lybrate.
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Sir I fall in love but girl left me. How to forget this girl from my mind. And I talk only 15 day.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
It is important to accept this fact. Many girls will come and go in your life but that gives you more experience. After much deliberations one will stick by you and may be the more suitable match. If too many girls are leaving you, then you will need to check why they do so and learn some lessons so as to not repeat them. It looks like you are pining for her after the break up. Have you analyzed why you two had this fallout? If it your fault, then apologize and see if she is amenable. If not you may have done something quite unforgivable.Maintaining relationships is very intense, and the very thing that makes it attractive (the opposite sex and all its nuances), can also be its nemesis. You must learn what that difference was about your past relation and this particular one and find out how to live with a love relationship. There must be love, respect, commitment, honesty, trust, and freedom in the romantic scene. If however, this is final, then remove all associations of hers: gifts, notes, letters, cards, emails, and any reminders to get her out of your system, not just the mind. Keep the good memories but don’t indulge in them. Get back to your old pals and revive those contacts. Normally when we get a girl friend, we drop all our friends and live exclusively with her. This is not a good thing to do, generally. So do get back to them and get into good social circles. They will help you get over her. Do not talk ill or malign your ex to your friends, whatever was the reason. That is unfortunately a very bad habit many of us have – we must still respect her reputation and treat her with dignity. Do meet up with a counselor and talk about your feelings, openly. This is not the end of the world and she is not the only girl in life. You will find another but learn not to repeat the mistakes that led to the breakup. This time choose wisely and behave like a true gentleman.
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Popular Health Tips

Erectile Dysfunction and Depression - How to Cope With Them?

M.A. (Scholar), BHMS
Sexologist, Mumbai
Erectile Dysfunction and Depression - How to Cope With Them?

Depression is considered the common cold of all mental health issues and can strike in varying levels due to causes like pressing circumstances, problems in one's personal life and relationships, hormonal changes and other long term, chronic health conditions. Your intimate relationships are also subject to dejection when physical ailments enter the picture. Erectile dysfunction is one such area that creates depression. This is basically a condition that men suffer from. Due to this condition, a man is not able to get and hold an erection long enough to enjoy the act of sex. This can be caused due to related physical problems as well as stress. It can also lead to depression and problems in one's relationship due to anger, frustration, hopelessness and sadness. Here are a few ways to deal with depression caused due to erectile dysfunction.

  1. Recognising the Symptoms: The very first thing to do is to come out of denial and recognise the symptoms that are caused by this kind of depression. Usually, any long term or chronic problem can lead a person to look at himself or herself as a hopeless case. This can cause symptoms like dejection, a negative attitude towards everything and sudden outbursts of anger and frustration which may crop up in other areas of the patient's life. Since this is an intimate problem that one cannot discuss with everyone, the problem of depression gets all the more challenging. In such cases, the best thing to do is to be aware of the symptoms.
  2. Getting help: Simply being aware of the symptoms is not enough that is merely the first step. One will need to go ahead and do something about the symptoms. Visiting a sexologist or a sex therapist is the next step. With the help of therapy and discussions, the patient and the doctor can actually reach the root cause of the issue and help in realigning the attitude and thinking of the patient to come out of stress that is creating the issue, or to deal with medical repercussions of the issue in a more stable manner.
  3. Psychotherapy: One of the foremost methods used by most therapists includes psychotherapy that can help in unravelling the cause and finding a way to cope with the problem in a way that is focussed on discussions.
  4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: This form of therapy examines all aspects of the person's life and reality so as to find the cause of the problematic behaviour and reprogram the brain of patient with great deliberation.
  5. Antidepressants: While some medications can affect sexual functioning, there are antidepressants that do not have major sexual side effects. Please consult a Psychiatrist and discuss about this option too.

Tackling depression and erectile dysfunction is a matter of striking a fine balance with professional help.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Tips For Managing Arthritis!

MS orth, Diploma ort
Orthopedist, Agra
5 Tips For Managing Arthritis!

Arthritis is an agonising and degenerative condition caused by swelling and inflammation of the joints that causes pain and stiffness. Whether it is dull, sharp, smouldering or a pressure that must be described as having a hammer crushing one of your joints, chronic arthritis pain and joint inflammation is a very common disease among many adults.

Here are a few generic tips to help the condition of arthritis:

  1. General and regular exercising: Specialists prescribe the use of a workout plan that guarantees certain activities and exercise routine. The point of the regular exercising routine is to guarantee mobility and flexibility of the joints and enhance the scope of movement for patients. In the meantime, working out helps in enhancing the quality of the joints and allows better strength and support for the body. Along these lines, they help in diminishing both weight and strain on the joints.
  2. Weight control and healthy diet: Patients with arthritis will suffer more on account of weight gain. To keep away from an excess of weight and pressure on the joints as an after effects of weight gain, stay away from putting on weight. Eat healthier foods that comprise of more minerals and vitamins while giving less fat and calories to the body. Increasing vegetables and organic products in the eating regimen is great for arthritis pain. The leafy vegetables contain anti-oxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints and bones.
  3. Hot and cool treatment: Simple and basic hot and cold treatments can improve things greatly with regards to arthritis pain. Long, warm baths or showers particularly in the morning ease solidness and stiffness in your joints. Use an electric cover or warming cushion around evening time to keep your joints free and use moist warming cushions. Cool treatments are best to relieve arthritis pain. Wrap a gel ice pack or a sack of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to the painful joints for fast alleviation and relief from the pain and swelling.
  4. Inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods: Arthritis and joint pain can increase if patients continue using nourishments that have high inflammatory impacts. However, some might not have a thought of what the foods are or what they give to the body. One needs to abstain from eating fast and junk food and processed food products. Turmeric, the most basic Indian spice, has a chemical in it called curcumin that might have the capacity to diminish arthritis pain.
  5. Plan carefully: It is hard to tell when a flare-up may happen, making your joints turn out to be hard and swollen, or when you will try too hard while working out. Since you cannot anticipate these occasions, it is a smart thought to be prepared beforehand and get ready for issues before they emerge with medication and your emergency numbers in place.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Anxiety Disorder - Signs That You Are Suffering From It!

M.A -Psychology, pgdg&pc
Psychologist, Kolkata
Anxiety Disorder - Signs That You Are Suffering From It!

All individuals get nervous or anxious at some point of time or the other due to a plethora of reasons. But for some individuals, anxiety becomes so frequent and forceful, that it overpower their lives. Most of the normal anxiety are short lived and the feelings may last for few hours. However, an anxiety problem becomes an anxiety disorder when anxious feelings are very intense and last for weeks or months. Anxiety disorder exists in different forms like panic attacks, social anxiety and phobia.

The most common form of anxiety is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) during which an individual worries too much about everyday things and situations, both large and small. The person in this condition has persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week, for six months. Moreover, the anxiety is so overpowering that it interferes with daily life and is coupled by noticeable symptoms like fatigue. The anxiety level goes to such an extent that causes a lot of dysfunction and suffering. If a person suffers from sleep problems and finds himself regularly awake and agitated or worried, then it is a tell-tale sign of generalized anxiety disorder. This is followed by a situation when one wakes up overstimulated with mind racing and one is unable to calm down.

When the anxiety is tied to a specific situation and the fear is overwhelming and out of proportion to the actual risks then the condition is phobia. This can be due to anything ranging from crowd, animals to flying in an aeroplane or using an escalator. Muscle tension like clenching of jaw or fists or flexing of muscles though out the body always accompanies anxiety disorders. Regular exercise can help keep muscle tension under control, but the tension may get triggered up if an injury or other unforeseen event disrupts a person's workout habits. Panic disorder is repeated, unexpected panic attacks where one encounters panic in a situation where most people wouldn’t be afraid. Anxiety also leads to chronic digestive problems like cramping and bloating of stomach.

Social phobia or social anxiety disorder occurs when one develops an intense fear of being judged or embarrassed in public. People with social anxiety disorder have a tendency to worry for weeks leading to an event or situation. When and if they manage it, they tend to be deeply uncomfortable and are always judgemental about it. In case of social anxiety disorder, the anxiety is triggered by everyday situations like one-on-one conversation at a get-together, or eating and drinking in front of small group. The person feels that everybody is watching him and experiences profuse sweating, trembling, nausea and person becomes tongue-tied. These disruptions make it hard for the person to meet new people and maintain relationships.

Panic disorder causes terrifying panic attacks when the person experiences a sudden gripping feeling of fear and helplessness which lasts for several minutes. It is generally accompanied with scary symptoms like breathing problems, a pounding heart, numb hands and sweating.

Excessive fear of being separated from home or a loved one is separation anxiety disorder. Post -traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder in which the patient relives a disturbing or traumatic event like a violent encounter, the sudden death of a loved one.

An anxiety disorder affects the thinking, feelings as well as behaviour of a normal person. It’s important to seek professional help if one see any of the warning signs of anxiety disorders in an individual.

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Health Tip

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Health Tip
  • Caffeine is the most frequently used central nervous system stimulant in the world. Drinking coffee offers a boost of energy and a lift in well being.
  • Coffee appears to be more effective than tea is because some of its components may counteract the negative effects of depression.
  • Coffee also contains chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid. These acids can reduce the inflammation of nerve cells that takes place in the brain of people with depression.
  • We hear a lot about the negative effects of caffeine on our health, but it turns out that caffeine has its good points too. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drank a minimum of four cups of coffee per day could lower their risk of depression by 20 per cent.
  • So, we can say The risk of depression appears to decrease with increased coffee and caffeine consumption.
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Technology - Are We Masters Or Slaves?

DNB (Psychiatry), DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Technology - Are We Masters Or Slaves?

Smartphone or internet addiction can also negatively impact your life by:

  • Increasing loneliness and depression. While it may seem that losing yourself online will temporarily make feelings such as loneliness, depression, and boredom evaporate into thin air, it can actually make you feel even worse. A study found a correlation between high social media usage and depression and anxiety. Users, especially teens, tend to compare themselves unfavorably with their peers on social media, promoting feelings of loneliness and depression.
  • Fueling anxiety. One researcher found that the mere presence of a phone in a work place tends to make people more anxious and perform poorly on given tasks. The heavier the phone user, the greater the anxiety experienced.
  • Increasing stress. Using a smartphone for work often means work bleeds into your home and personal life. You feel the pressure to always be on, never out of touch from work. This need to continually check and respond to email can contribute to higher stress levels and even burnout.
  • Exacerbating attention deficit disorders. The constant stream of messages and information from a smartphone can overwhelm the brain and make it impossible to focus attention on any one thing for more than a few minutes without feeling compelled to move on to something else.
  • Diminishing your ability to concentrate and think deeply or creatively. The persistent buzz, ping or beep of your smartphone can distract you from important tasks, slow your work, and interrupt those quiet moments that are so crucial to creativity and problem solving. Instead of ever being alone with our thoughts, we’re now always online and connected.
  • Disturbing your sleep. Excessive smartphone use can disrupt your sleep, which can have a serious impact on your overall mental health. It can impact your memory, affect your ability to think clearly, and reduce your cognitive and learning skills.
  • Encouraging self-absorption. A uk study found that people who spend a lot of time on social media are more likely to display negative personality traits such as narcissism. Snapping endless selfies, posting all your thoughts or details about your life can create an unhealthy self-centeredness, distancing you from real-life relationships and making it harder to cope with stress.
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Table of Content

Benzoin Oil
Nutritional Value of Benzoin Oil
Health Benefits of Benzoin Oil
Increases Circulation
Improves Mood
Treats Anxiety and Depression
Prevents Sepsis
Improves Digestion
Removes Bad Odor
Keeps the Skin Healthy and Hydrated
Treats Cough
Regulates Urination
Treats Inflammation
Relieves Arthritis and Rheumatism Pain
Regulates Blood Sugar
Uses of Benzoin Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Benzoin Oil
Cultivation of Benzoin Oil