Common Name: Benzoin
Latin Binomial: Styrax benzoin
Other Common Names: gum benjamin, gum benzoin
Production Method: solvent extracted
Countries of Origin: Laos
Description of Oil: Resinoid, sticky solid, grayish brown, sweet, like vanilla
Description of Plant: A large tropical tree with pale green citrus-like leaves, bearing hard-shelled flattish fruit about the size of a nutmeg
History, Folklore and Myth: Used in cosmetics for hundreds of years. Ancient peoples considered it a grand remedy for driving away evil spirits. Said to make the skin clear and brilliant.
Properties and Uses: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cordial, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, styptic, vulnerary
Precautions and Contraindications: HAZARDS: Skin sensitization (low-risk) CAUTIONS DERMAL: Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years. MAXIMUM ADULT DAILY ORAL DOSE: 368mg. MAXIMUM DERMAL USE LEVEL: 2%
Other Interesting Information: Used in food categories including alcoholic and soft drinks.
(1 - 5% Ethanol)
Non-toxic at low levels. Potential strong sensitizer.