Benzoin resin has a lovely smell. Use it as incense or powder it and use it as a fixative in home-made pot pourri.
Natural wild high quality benzoin resin, used for incense, purification, meditation, and to make the air smell sweeter. Benzoin is said to clear negative energies.
Benzoin is a balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax. Benzoin is collected by removing the bark of the trees by making an incision in the trunk. It is not necessary to fell the Styrax trees to obtain the resin, for making a deep incision on the trunk of the tree allows the sap to ooze out in abundance. Moreover, even when a deep incision is made on the tree trunk, the tree has the ability to heal itself.
Benzoin is used in perfumes and some kinds of incense and as a flavoring and medicine, as tincture of benzoin.
It is distinct from the chemical compound benzoin, which is ultimately derived chemically from benzoin resin; the resin, however, does not contain this compound.
Benzoin is sometimes called gum benzoin or gum benjamin, and in India Sambrani or loban. It’s also called storax, not to be confused with the balsam of the same name obtained from the Hamamelidaceae family.
Benzoin is a common ingredient in incense-making and perfumery because of its sweet vanilla-like aroma and fixative properties. Most benzoin is used in the Arabian Peninsula and Hindu temples of India, where it is burned on charcoal as an incense.
It is also used in the production of Bakhoor (Arabic بخور – scented wood chips) as well as various mixed resin incense in the Arab countries and the Horn of Africa. Benzoin is also used in blended types of Japanese incense, Indian incense, Chinese incense (known as Anxi xiang; 安息香), and Papier d’Arménie as well as incense sticks.
Benzoin resin is available in a variety of forms ranging from firm brown to fragile white pieces.
To use as incense, place on burning charcoal. As with all smudges, sacred incense resins, herbs and sweet woods, exercise caution when lighting and burning. Always use a heat proof container that is placed on a nonflammable surface and always keep away from children, pets and flammable items. Please take care when burning.