Styrax benzoin

benzoin tree

Herbal medicine
An African tree, the resin of which is antimicrobial, astringent and expectorant; it is used externally for skin cuts, dryness, infections such as shingles and ringworm, and other conditions; given its bitterness, is rarely used internally, and then only as a steam inhalation to loosen mucus and phlegm—e.g., in children with croup.
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Phenyl propanol, though naturally identical in the Conoarom B aromatic, can be found naturally in strawberries, styrax benzoin resin (Deutsch: Benzoetinktur), tea, peru balsam, cassia leaf oil, cinnamon oil and other sources.
The bioactivity of oils and extracts obtained species Commiphora myrrha, Styrax benzoin, and Boswellia papyrifera has been investigated by several researches [22-31]; these aromatic resins basically consist of monoterpenes (C10H16), triterpenes (C30H48), and sesquiterpenes (C15H24) with unique combinations, besides benzoic, myrrholic, andboswellic acids, respectively [32-37]; the demonstration of the presence of secondary metabolites in medicinal plants oils, extracts, and resins provides a scientific validation for the popular use of these plants [38-42].
In text, the resins in pure state were identified as follows: Styrax benzoin (B pure), Commiphora myrrha (M pure), and Boswellia papyrifera (P pure).
For example, in a study of the plant Styrax benzoin in Malaysia, 19% of seedlings had spiders whose presence led to 2-43% of reduction in photosynthetic area (Kiew 1982).
Germination and seedling survival in Kemenyan, Styrax benzoin. Malayasian Forester 45: 69-80.
Onycha (Styrax benzoin) (pronounced oh-nigh-kah) was traditionally known for its comforting and soothing properties.