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Botanical Name: Styrax benzoin
Other Common Names: Gum Benzoin, Gum Benjamin
Family: Styraceae

Benzoin is actually a balsamic resin which does not occur naturally in healthy trees. It is, instead, the result of a wound being inflicted on the tree which is severe enough to injure the cambium. Benzoin producers, hack the tree with an axe, the resin is then produced by the tree to cleanse the wound, much like blood flowing to an incision. The benzoin is collected after it has sufficiently hardened.

Parts Used: Resin
Energy & Flavors: Sweet, balsamic, neutral
Main System Affected: Stomach, lungs, skin
Biochemical Constituents: Benzoic acid, benzoresinol, siaresin-otannol, vanillin, styrol, styracin, phenyl-prophyl
Properties: Stimulant, carminative, expectorant, diuretic, antiseptic

Benzoin resin is used in the form of a tincture externally on irritable skin conditions as an antiseptic and stimulant.

Taken internally, it acts as a carminative to relax the stomach and bowels. It is useful as a diuretic and antiseptic to the urinary system. It is rapidly absorbed and mildly expectorant. The compound tincture is used as an inhalant with steam to treat bronchitis and laryngitis.

Element: Air
Planet: Sun
Gender: Masculine
Powers: Purification, Prosperity

Uses: Benzoin is used mainly as a base ingredient in making incense of all types with special emphasis on those used for purification and for attracting prosperity. Benzoin may also be used in place of Storax powder in incense formulas, as the two are related.

Archangel Artifacts, Inc. 2002-2005
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