Latin name Styrax benzoin dryander – Family species Styraceae
Benzoin Styrax benzoin dryander is used medicinally by some and is not to be confused with the other three bezoin species which are used by the perfume trade.
"Benzoin may be used with benefit in all cold conditions related to the lungs, such as colds, influenza, coughs, asthma, bronchitis. It may be used externally or in inhalations. Most of the volatile principle is eliminated via the lungs. It is also of value in cold affections of the genito-urinary system, and may be used in cystitis, albuminuria, or any conditions where there is infection or discharge, such as spermatorrhoea, gonorrhoea, and perhaps leucorrhoea." -Robert Tisserand The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Golden brown
Viscosity – Viscous
Scent – Warm, balsamy, vanilla like
Perfume Aroma – Base / middle note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Trunk (resin)
Countries of Origin – Sumatra (Indonesia), Thailand, Vietnam, Java, Borneo
Extraction Method – Solvent extraction
Known Chemical Constituents
Benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, benzyl alcohol, vanillin, coniferyl benzoate
Uses of Benzoin
Found in pharmaceutical, food, drink, perfumery and cosmetic products.
Benzoin blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
Can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
See Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See References and Resources page.
Print article to PDF