Benzoin Resin, (Styrax Benzoin), Στύραξ.
Also known as “gum Benjamin” and “gum benzoin” the Benzoin Resin is actually not exactly a “gum”. It is used in incense making, flavouring, perfumes and for medicinal purposes. A native of Java, Sumatra and Siam, this is also called “Siam benzoin” or “Sumatra benzoin”.
It has a sweet, vanilla-like smell, which makes it popular in China, India, Japan and many Arab countries as incense sticks. It is used in aromatherapy for all respiratory related conditions including cough, influenza and colds.
The Benzoin Resin possesses antiseptic, diuretic and expectorant properties. It is quickly absorbed when taken internally and acts as a carminative. It is very effective for treating congestion in bronchitis, asthma and laryngitis as well as allergies. It is known to melt away congestion with ease providing quick relief. It is most effective when inhaled along with steam as a tincture of Benzoin. It is also used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Benzoin Resin is beneficial for blood circulation, regulating heart beat and toning the heart. Applied externally it provides relief for a number of skin problems such as itching, eczema, redness and irritation.
The Benzoin Resin is recommended for external use only.