Benzoin (Onycha) Essential Oil

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Balsamic, slightly bitter vanilla aroma. This aromatherapy is very warming.  Benzoin essential oil is excellent for dry and cracked skin.  It's properties are anti-fungal and antibacterial.  The aroma makes it a soothing inhalation oil for painful coughs or dilute it as directed and rub on chest and throat for respiratory disorders, bronchitis, asthma, colds and laryngitis.  Also use for itching skin, skin infections such as scabies and ringworm, for arthritis or as a sedative.  Use for dandruff, psoriasis or tinea.  Soothing and uplifting, it is helpful for people suffering from low spirits or mild depression. 

A biblical oil, mentioned in the Bible as Onycha.  The most viscous of all oils, it is thick and "sticky"; like honey.  As such it will not drip out of a dropper lid.  Dilution in a carrier oil is necessary to make application easier and to carry it better into your skin.  Dilute 1:1 with carrier oil such as O-7 Complex carrier oil.   Find O-7, Sweet Almond and many other carrier oils in the Carrier Oils Category.  Benzoin's plant name is "Styrax benzoin".

"This essential oil comes from tree resin and is the most viscous of all essential oils. It has a characteristic vanilla-like fragrance and was used as a perfume, was blended into anointing oils, and was used to heal skin wounds and comfort, soothe and uplift. Today it is used to stimulate renal output and treat colic, gas, and constipation. It may help control blood sugar levels. It is also inhaled for sinusitis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, and sore throats. It soothes skin irritations and wounds. It is inhaled, applied topically in wound dressings, and massaged into the skin." from The Maker's Diet, by Jordan S. Rubin

Sold undiluted in a 15 ml bottle or also available in a 0.3 oz roll-on.   Roll-on comes prediluted in fractionated coconut oil in a 1:1 dilution ratio so it is immediately ready to apply topically.

This oil is very thick, but pourable, liquid resin.  If it becomes too stiff to pour in the 15 ml bottle, just warm it a bit and it will once again become a pourable liquid.

Scientific Name: Styrax benzoin 
Country of Origin:  Laos
Extraction Method: Solvent (food grade) extraction          
Safety:  Generally regarded safe.
Color: Golden brown 
Strength of Aroma: Medium
CAUTION: No known toxicity.

Plant Origin: China, India, Laos, Thailand

Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic,   antioxidant,   astringent,   deodorant,   diuretic, expectorant, and sedative.

Traditional Uses: Benzoin has been commonly used as an antiseptic and cleanser for cuts and wounds.

Other Uses: Arthritis, asthma, bleeding (slow or stop), bronchitis, chills, circulation, colic, cuts, flatulence, gout, laryngitis, mucus, nervous tension, rheumatism, skin, stomach, stress, urinary tract infection, and wounds.  Good for colds, coughs and sore throats.


1.   To help prevent infection to a cut or scrape, place a drop or two of  oil on affected area.

2.   Place a drop on a wound to help slow bleeding.

3.   Try using a drop under each arm as deodorant.

4.   For sore throats, coughs, or colds, add one drop to a teaspoon to honey.

5.   Rub 1-2 drops on the stomach for cramping or pain.

6.   To help with chapped or cracked skin, rub several drops on skin to speed up healing.

7.   For a gargle, add a few drops to four ounces of warm rice milk to help with sore throats or laryngitis.

8.   Mix with carrier oil, such as olive oil, and rub on chest to help loosen mucus and congestion.

Biblical References: Exodus 30:34

Hebrew Word: Strongs #7827 shecheleth {shekh-ay'-leth} 
Meaning:  1) onycha 1a) an ingredient used in the holy incense Origin:  apparently from the same as 07826 through some obscure idea, perhaps that of peeling off by concussion of sound.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This information has been designed to provide information to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. The product is sold with the understanding that the seller is not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The seller shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained on this sheet. The information presented here is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

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