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