Benzoin Essential Oil

Styrax benzoin/Styrax tonkinensis

Benzoin Oil blends fine with Orange, Petit Grain, Coriander, Frankincense, Bergamot, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Rose and Sandalwood oils.

Known Uses

Benzoin Essential Oil raises the spirit and improves mood. It induces a warm feeling, stimulates the heartbeat and improves circulation. It acts as sedative to relieve anxiety, tension, nervousness and stress by normalizing the nervous system. Its tranquilizing properties help prevents insomnia.

Benzoin Oil protects open wounds from infection and is a very effective germicidal, fungicidal and antiviral. When used topically, it prevents sepsis from developing. It helps in the removal of gases from the stomach and the intestines and relieves flatulence. This helps digestion and improves appetite. It is used extensively as a room deodorizer and kills body odor and the germs that cause it. Its astringent properties tone up the muscles and skin. If mixed with water and used as a mouthwash, it also tightens the gums. It is used to lift sagging skin and reduce wrinkles.

As a diuretic, it promotes the frequency of urination as well as the quantity, helping to remove toxins from the blood resulting in lower blood pressure, loss of weight and improved digestion. When applied topically, Benzoin Essential Oil is easily absorbed through the skin to bring relief from rheumatism and arthritis.


Benzoin Oil has been used for thousands of years in some of the oldest civilizations of the world mainly due to its antidepressant, disinfectant and aromatic properties. There is evidence of its use in their religious ceremonies and in their medicines.


A component of Benzoin Essential Oil is toxic in nature. Therefore, ingestion or inhalation in excessive quantities can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and lack of oxygen in the blood so it should be avoided. Pregnant women should consult a health care professional before using. Dilute with a carrier oil and perform a patch test for any allergic reaction before using topically.