Benzoin Essential Oil Benefits

Benzoin Essential Oil Benefits

Benzoin is used in aromatherapy as an essential oil known as Styrax Benzoin. Its botanical oils, which arrives from resin. Resin is an organic substance, which comes from plants. The plants are firm and secrete sap from the plants and tree. Resin has a yellow and/or brownish color. Benzoin was extracted from food grade solvents. In addition, benzoin originated from Sumatra, yet Thailand, Java, etc, grows the trees as well.

Works well with Coriander, Frankincense, Bergamot, Petit-grain, Sandalwood, Rose, Myrrh, Lavender, Juniper, Lemon, Orange, etc. The oils produce a warm, sweet aroma, which smells similar to vanilla.

Onycha is one of the heaviest oils and is too thick to pour. Its scent will seem familiar to some because it contains vanillin aldehyde, which gives it a vanilla scent.

Therapeutic/Medicinal Uses

Healing properties of Onycha include: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic. It combats arthritis, gout, asthma, bronchitis, and skin conditions.[1]

The author of Aromatherapy Solutions writes that Onycha was used for thousands of years for respiratory conditions.[2]  Many have used it for poor circulation, flu, chills, colic, coughs, and skin conditions such as chapped or inflamed skin.

Onycha is valued for its ability to speed the healing of wounds and prevent infection. Other names it is called include: Friar’s Balm, Benzoin, and Java Frankincense.[3]

The fragrance of Onycha is a reminder to Satan that he is a defeated foe and believers share in the Lord’s authority to tread on… all the power of the enemy in His name (Luke 10:19).


[1] Stewart, David, Ph.D., D.N.M.  Healing Oils of the Bible. Care Publications.  2003.

[2] Aromatherapy Solutions.

[3] Essential Oils Desk Reference. Essential Science Publishing.