STYRAX ESSENTIAL OIL
Size: 5 ml violet glass bottle
Production method: Steam distillation of wild-crafted resin
Botanical Name: Liquidambar styraciflua or Balsam styracis
Note: Also known as storax, sweet gum, and “benzoin”. Benzoin is also a name for Styrax tonkinensis, an aromatically different essential oil.
Styrax essential oil has a relaxing aroma that nourishes the nervous system.
Energetically, it carries the frequency of fulfillment, and is a good support when one is manifesting more fulfillment in life.
It is a wonderful support when healing eating disorders and food addictions, or making changes in the diet. It can facilitate change without creating the feeling of lack or missing out.
It is a sacral energy center stimulant, and opens and balances the energy of the core and root chakra. It is grounding and brings clarity to the mind and vision.
• Anti-bacterial • Anti-inflammatory • Anti-pruritic • Anti-sclerotic • Anti-septic • Anti-tussive • Balsamic • Cicatrizant • Decongestant • Demulcent • Depurative: lymphatic, circulatory • Expectorant • Nervine • Vulnerary
Internal–oral homeopathic dosage, inhalation, diffusion when properly diluted with thinner oils, suppository
External–topical, massage, skin applications, bath, spinal and local compress, application to energy centers and acupressure points
Heart note: Sweet, balsamic, resinous, precious woods, spicy, delicate floral notes
Base note: Sweet, balsamic, resinous, precious woods, spicy, delicate floral notes
Classification: Base note or fixative
Tenacity: Very High
Styrax essential oil has an intense sweetness that does not fade out during the dry out. It makes a superb fixative and base note for many types of high class floral perfumes–particularly the lilac, hyacinth, and narcissus types, incense notes, oriental perfumes, fougeres, chypres, and because of its persistent sweetness it is also used in creating violet, cassie, carnation, and hawthorn type perfumes.
Combines well with many oils and absolutes, including oak moss absolute, tangerine, and cinnamon.
Observations and Anecdotal Information
The “sweet gum” tree grows in many locations around the world, and has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal treatment. It is known and loved by ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, and many Asian cultures.
Ancient biblical texts have referred to it as “Balm of Gilead”, though several other plant substances were also known by this name, especially oil made from cottonwood buds.
Stryrax has a surprising and wonderful aroma, and is often extracted as an absolute with solvents, so it is important to know your source.
Styrax is a decongestant, helpful for all kinds of respiratory ailments, including sinusitis, influenza, pneumonia, and the common cold. It must be diluted profusely with other oils for diffusion, as it will create a gummy clog in the diffuser if used in its pure state.
It has been used for skin treatments, closing wounds, treating cellulite condition, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne, ringworm, hemorrhoids, and itching. It is so mild that it can often be used neat (full strength), or diluted by 50%.
It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and breaks down deposits and toxicity in the lymph system for removal. It can be applied as a compress on swollen lymph glands and areas where fluid has accumulated.
• Generally recognized as safe at normal dosage.
• Keep all essential oils away from eyes.
• Store in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
• All internal uses should be researched and/or supported by a health care professional. Product quality and dosage are critically important when using essential oils internally.