Benzion (Styrax benzoin) from Sumatra is a smooth balsam resin with a floral background. Benzoin is a common ingredient in incense-making and perfumery because of its vanilla aroma and fixative properties. Gum benzoin is a major component of the type of church incense used in Russia and some other Orthodox Christian societies. Benzoin resin is also used in blended types of Japanese, Indian and Chinese incense and Papier d'Arménie as well as incense sticks. It has relaxant and sedative properties, helping to relieve anxiety and stress. It is uplifting, soothing, warming, helps to overcome depression and restore confidence, dispels anger, and clears the head. It may help bring the nervous system to normal.
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