Your first whiff of Benzoin Ablsoute is reminiscent of vanilla, which for the most of us instantly relaxes us with memories of home and baking.
Benzoin oil has been used for thousands of years dating back to some of the oldest civilizations in their healing and religious practices. It also has beneficial properties for use in skin formulas.Uses of Benzoin Absolute
Sumatra, IndonesiaHistory and Background
In 1461, the Sultan of Egypt, Mlech Elmazda, sent the Doge of Venice a gift of two Persian carpets. With those carpets were 30 rotoli (which is about 47 pounds) of Benzoin.
A Portuguese navigator named Barboza introduced Benzoin to Europe. Nostradamas published recipes with Benzoin in his 1556 book. In 1623, the British set up a factory in Siam to produce Benzoin. First known in English in the 16th century, it was called Benjoin.
This ancient oil was first used as an offering to the Gods. Originating in Laos and Vietnam, it can also be found in Malaysia, Java and Sumatra. The Javanese as well as the Greeks and Romans used Benzoin as an incense because of its powerful fixative properties.
In esoteric circles, Benzoin balances all chakras and a balm for the heart. Good for use in grief to create a positive process.Physical Description
Deep amber in color with a thick syrupy consistency.Aromatic Description
Smells sweet like earthy smokey vanilla.Biological Makeup and Components
Vanillin, benzoic acid, esters of benzoic and cinnamic acids.Extraction Technique
Solvent extraction from gum/resin from the bark of the benzoin tree.Information for Aromatherapists
Benzoin Absolute is a base note and blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Coriander, Frankincense, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose absolute, Sandalwood .
Our Benzoin Absolute is 100% pure and natural. It is free of any chemicals, pesticides, synthetic perfumes, fillers or carrier oils.Cautions