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INGREDIENTS - BENZOIN RESIN (STYRAX TONKINENSIS)

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PHOTOGALLERY

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Styrax Benzoin is a species of tree native to Indonesia which is a main source of Benzoin resin. It is a common member of the forests of Sumatra, where it grows to about 12 meters in Maximum height. It is also cultivated in West Africa as a shade tree. Common names for the tree include gum Benjamin tree, loban(in Arabic), kemenyan (in Indonesia and Malaysia), onycha, and Sumatra Benzoin tree.

Benzoin resin or Styrax resin is a balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax.

Benzoin resin is a balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax.  Commonly called "Benzoin", it is called "Benzoin Resin" here to distinguish it from the chemical compound Benzoin.

Benzoin resin does not contain this crystalline compound. Benzoin is also called gum Benzoin or gum Benjamin, but "gum" is incorrect as Benzoin is not a polysaccharide. Its name came via the Italian from the Arabic "Lubān Jāwī" ("Frankincense from Java").

Benzoin resin is a common ingredient in incense-making and perfumery because of its sweet vanilla-like aroma and fixative properties.

There are two common kinds of Benzoin resin, Benzoin Siam and Benzoin Sumatra. Benzoin Siam is obtained from Styrax tonkinensis, found across Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Benzoin Sumatra is obtained from Styrax Benzoin, which grows predominantly on the island of Sumatra.

Gum Benzoin
is a major component of the type of church incense used in Russia and some other Orthodox Christian societies. Most Benzoin is used in Arab Gulf countries and India, where it is burned on charcoal as an incense.

It is also used in the production of Bakhoor (scented wood chips) as well as various mixed resin incense in the Arab countries and the Horn of Africa.

Benzoin resin is also used in blended types of Japanese incense, Indian incense, Chinese incense, and Papier d'Arménie as well as incense sticks.

SPIRITUAL PRACTISES DATA

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Emotionally, Styrax Benzoin Absolute is calming and grounding. In Chakra work, it is a recommended oil for use with the Root Chaka.
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