Frankincense & Myrrh are also known as Dhoop or Lobhan or Sambrani (in most of the Indian households) are a few types of Benzion Resin.
Benzoin is the sap that is excreted by a large shrub or a small tree and collected to make By-products. The trees come from the genes of Styrax species, which are mostly found in the East Mediterranean & South Asian Regions of the world.
Did you know: Most of the households in India burn Frankincense every day to cleanse the energy of the house.
The sap is a secretion of sugars and mineral salts from the bark a tree. The main elements of Styrax benzoin are benzaldehyde, benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, cinnamic acid, and vanillin. It is known for its numerous healing properties. The vanillin present in it gives that sweet and pleasant fragrance when you burn dhoop at home.
Our ancestors used benzoin resin in their day-to-day life, for cough they used to ingest it orally, and for cold, they added a few drops of oil in warm water and inhaling the vapors. Benzoin oil helps in treating swollen gums. Ancient people used to apply it on their skin to kill germs of small cuts.
Note: Be careful as the essential oil can be highly concentrated and can cause irritation on your skin.
By now you must have figured out that there are humongous benefits of Benzoin Oils on the skin.
Let’s quickly highlight a few benefits of Benzoin Oils on the skin:
Will take you to a happy place
Benzoin oil enhances the mood and spirit of the house when burnt. When applied to the body, the skin absorbs it and stimulates the heart and also enhances the blood circulation.
It has antidepressant properties that help in relieving anxiety, stress, and nervousness. It also helps in uplifting the mood and eliminates anxiety as well as stress to take you to your happy place.
Vanillin plays a major role in all this.
Medicinal Antiseptic elements
The Benzoic Acid, Benzaldehyde, Benzyl Benzoate present in it gives these Antifungal and antibacterial properties to kill germs. It can be used in the form of butter or lotions.
Balancing the sweat glands
Benzoin essential oil is a luxurious thick fragrant, which helps to expel odor. If used for a while, it can help reduce the body odor if applied as a body butter or add a few drops of oil in bathing water.
Skin healing properties
Benzoin essential oil nourishes the skin and has healing properties that come from benzoic acid, benzyl benzoate, and benzaldehyde. It possesses disinfectant, antibacterial, germicidal, antiviral, and antifungal properties that help in curing cuts, acne, skin irritation, wounds, sores, chapped skin, and scars.
Organic Benzoin essential oils can be expensive, we at Surprise Studio not only use the essential oils but we also infused different types of Benzoin Resins to add this skin healing element in our handmade body butter.