Oil of Balance
Benzoin essential oil has been recorded in ancient records from China and Egypt, who used it as an incense resin powder, as did the Greek and Roman civilizations over 2000 years ago. It was used in religious ceremonies, mostly for its uplifting energy, and feeling the lightness of spirit and celebration.
Later, in the 1500’s, when it came to England, Benzoin was used in perfumes and then expanded into therapeutic use, in the form of a tincture and a burned resin for bronchial coughs. Today, we have expanded our knowledge of the therapeutic benefits of Benzoin essential oil, recognizing many other effects on moods, skin condition, circulation and the respiratory system.
Benzoin is an interesting and effective essential oil. Here are just a few ways that Benzoin can benefit your life:
- Balance: Benzoin is an essential oil with a property that results in two effects. If you are depressed, sad, fatigued, lethargic or moody, inhaling the smell of benzoin will send messages to your smell receptors, and they will send messages to your brain. The brain stimulates the nervous center to give warm, happy, uplifting feelings, which stimulates the heart and circulation, and voila!- You suddenly feel like celebrating life! Now, if you are jittery, tense, stressed or angry, benzoin sends signals to bring your respiration and heartbeat to peace, sending signals of tranquility and relaxation, and again, voila!- You suddenly feel like everything is fine, and you can chill out! So, essentially speaking, this essential oil is all about bringing the nervous system and emotions into balance!
- Astringent: Benzoin is an excellent oil to use as a skin toner. Its astringent properties tone skin and muscles, reduce fine age lines and wrinkles, and improve the elasticity of your skin. Using benzoin in your daily skin regimen will result in a natural facelift without any harmful side effects!
- Expectorant: Benzoin essential oil relieves coughing from the trachea, bronchi and lungs. It reduces congestion, relaxes the cough reflex, eases your breathing, and induces restful sleep. When you or a family member has coughing that won’t quit, use Benzoin on the soles of the feet or in a steam mist vaporizer for best effects.
Tip: Add a few drops to coconut oil or your favorite hand and foot moisturizing cream. It will heal cracked dry skin, cuts and itching, and will improve your skin’s elasticity to prevent future cracking!