Benzoin Resinoid in AlcoholPBENZA
Styrax benzoin (Sumatra)
Benzoin Historical Snippets:
Initially Benzoin was used as an incense ingredient by the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was also used in ceremonies and to drive away evil spirits by the ancient Malayan culture. Between the 15th and 16th centuries it was brought over to England where the powder was used to make dry perfumes. It was even worn by Queen Elizabeth I. As time moved forward, exploration and experimentation between perfume and medicine began. This is where Benzoin took on a therapeutic role, in addition to its role in natural perfumery.
Benzoin Resinoid Safety
Resin - Solvent
Benzoin Resinoid in Alcohol
Arthritis, bronchitis, chapped skin, coughing, laryngitis, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
A beautiful sweet, vanilla-like resinoid. Derived by placing small chunks of Siam resin (Styrax benzoin) in perfumers grade ethanol until saturation point is found. The saturated solution is then added to more perfumers ethanol to form the final resinoid. This resinoid may then be added to perfumers ethanol to make a perfume base for your creations. It denatures the alcohol and adds fixative qualities as well as possible preservative actions.
May also be used for benzoin steam inhalation and sinus issues. Some people also use for application to blisters.
Hazards: Skin sensitization (low risk)
Cautions (dermal): Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age.
Maximum dermal use: 2%
The 2% dermal maximum is a best-practice estimate for skin safety.
Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: Second edition
Some essential oils may cause photosensitivity to the skin-Use diluted in Jojoba or other complete carrier oil.
Do not ingest essential oils.
Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
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