Gum Benjamin (aka. Sumatran Benzoin)is a very fragrant, hard, marbled grayish brown resin obtained from the Styrax genus. Native to Sumatra, this benzoin resin evaporates mostly when heated upon a hot charcoal. The smoke produced by Gum Benjamin has a pleasantly rich vanilla quality with balsamic and spicy undertones. It is less forceful than it cousin: Benzoin of Siam. Benzoin is an important incense ingredient in Eastern Orthodox as well as Roman Catholic churches. It also plays an important role in Arab, Indian, Chinese and Japanese incense mixtures. Benzoin use is widespread in the food and cosmetic industries. Gum Benjamin is associated with the Water element and Venus is thought to be its celestial body.
Kingdom: Group: Family: Genus: Species:
Plantae Angiosperms Styracaceae Styrax benzoin
NOTE: Styrax benzoin is currently considered an unverified species. More information as it becomes available...
Benzoin officinale Benzoina vera Cyrta dealbata Plagiospermum benzoin Styrax benjuifer
Styrax benzoin is native to Cambodia, India, Java, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sumatra, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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