Bay and Benzoin Uses

Bay:

Properties: Stimulant, antiseptic, tonic, expectorant, analgesic, anticonvulsant, antineuralgic, antirheumatic and astringent.

Uses: Respiratory System: Bay’s antiseptic quality is useful inbronchitis, colds and flu.

Skin: A good tonic for the hair and scalp, bay stimulates hairgrowth and also helps to clear dandruff.

Emotion: Bay is slightly euphoric, lifting the spirits. Itstimulates imaginative decisions, is distinctive and inspiresconfidence.Promotes courage in the submissive.

Blends:

Respiratory:
bay 5 drops
benzoin 4 drops
eucalyptus 3 drops

Skin:
bay 5 drops
cedarwood 5 drops
rosemary 3 drops

Emotion:
bay 5 drops
grapefruit 4 drops
ginger 2 drops

Urinary:
benzoin 7 drops
celery 4 drops
niaouli 2 drops

Muscular:
benzoin 7 drops
marjoram 4 drops
juniper 3 drops

Respiratory:
benzoin 6 drops
eucalyptus 5 drops
thyme 3 drops

Skin:
benzoin 5 drops
myrrh 2 drops
chamomile 2 drops

Reproductive:
benzoin 6 drops
sandalwood 3 d
bergamot 3 drops

Emotion:
benzoin 6 drops
rose 4 drops
clary sage 2 drops

Benzoin:

Colour and Odour: Benzoin resinoid is thick and dark goden-brown in colour, having a most pleasant aroma resembling vanilla. It is one of the heavier oils and is an excellent fixative.

Description: The benzoin tree grows in tropical Asia, where it is also cultivated. The natural gum is collected from deep incisions made in the tree trunk; it hardens on exposure to the air.

Background: Long used in antiquity as an incense. Known in Europe during the Middle Ages when it was used as a compound tincture for inhalation. It was then called ‘Friar’s Balsam’.

Note: Benzoin is a resinoid and cannot be obtained as a pure essential oil. The resinoid is the natural extract from the tree, which is then diluted with a sovent (benzyl alcohol). This makes it easier to pour and handle, as the natural product is very thick and difficult to use.

Properties:Warming, energizing, circulatory stimulant, sedative, decongesting, expectorant, diuretic, carminative.

Uses: Urinary System: Antiseptic property good for cystitis.

Respiratory System:Tonic to the lungs. Effective for colds, flu,