Benzion from Sumatra - Styrax benzoin - 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.
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.
Resin incense is absolutely the oldest kind of incense and is allegedly in exactly the same form as used by the three wise men 2,000 years ago. The use of tree resin as an aromatic substance can be traced back much further to over 6,000 years ago. The smoky fragrance produced by burning the resin granules on charcoal discs is quite unique and amazingly evocative. To use place half a teaspoon of the resin incense in the well of a charcoal tablet and place in a holder or on a heat resistant surface. Light the side of the charcoal tablet which will then smoulder around the rim on its own and slowly heat the incense in the well of the charcoal tablet. The incense will then simmer away and fill the room with a beautiful aroma. Just a few grains of pure resin incense is enough to fragrance a house. The resin comes packaged in a plastic jar with screw lid.