Benzoin is the sap (gum resin) of trees that belong to the Styrax species. Don’t confuse benzoin with Siam benzoin (Styrax tonkinensis), which is used only in manufacturing and not as a medicine.
People take benzoin by mouth for swelling (inflammation) of the throat and breathing passages.
Some people apply it directly to the skin to kill germs, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding from small cuts. Benzoin is also used topically for skin ulcers, bedsores, and cracked skin. In combination with other herbs (aloe, storax, and tolu balsam), benzoin is used as a skin protectant. This combination is known as “compound benzoin tincture.”
By inhalation, benzoin is used to treat hoarseness (laryngitis), croup, and other respiratory conditions.
In dentistry, benzoin is used for swollen gums and herpes sores in the mouth.
Prosperity, Purification. Magical Uses: An herb of purification, burned in incense to sanctify an area. The scent is also used to attract business when combined with basil, peony or cinnamon. Benzoin is often used as a base for incenses. It can be a substitute for storax, to which it is related.
Benzoin is associated with 2 of the Wiccan Sabbats. At Imbolc, it is a superior incense and at the Autumn Equinox to help understand the mysteries behind the turning of the seasons. Benzoin can help in understanding in learning to live with the Wheel of the Year, and also in regarding the natural cycles of change.
Benzoin is best used to provide focus and enhance concentration.It is a desirable herbe for those seeking a journey into the astral world. Magickally, Benzoin promotes generosity and can open a closed spirit suffering from selfishness.
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