Gum Benzoin tree – 250 gm – Ral Loban- رال لوبان is original herb in Pakistan available for online delivery to your home.
Gum benjamin/Loban (لوبان) also known as Styrax Benzoin, is a species of tree native to Indonesia which is a main source of benzoin resin. It is a common member of the forests of Sumatra, where it grows to about 12 meters in Maximum height. It is also cultivated in West Africa as a shade tree.
Its principal component is benzoic acid. It is used in perfumes, some kinds of incense, and medicine. In perfumery, benzoin is used as a fixative, slowing the dispersion of essential oils and other fragrance materials into the air.
The resin of the gum benjamin tree contains cinnamon acid ester, benzoic acid ester, free acids (such as benzoic acid), styrol, styracin, phenyl-propyl cinnamate, benzaldehyde, vanillin and an oily fragrant liquid.
The resin is also used as a fixative (a preservative) and a fragrance component in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and toiletries. It is otherwise used as flavor ingredient in food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Benzoin resin is a powerful antioxidant that can prevent fat from becoming rancid.
The use of the resin in herbal medicine is usually in the form of a tincture. It is made by dissolving the resin in alcohol. The tincture tends to have a viscous, sticky and oily consistency.
The styrax benzoin tincture is used internally as expectorant and disinfectant and can be a good herbal remedy for respiratory ailments and throat infections such as colds, flu, cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis and sore throat.
The resin is a popular ingredient in skin care products and used to treat wounds, boils, dry skin, inflamed or irritated skin and eczema. The resin seems to cause constriction of the blood vessels and stimulate the formation of new cells.
Gum benjamin resin should be used sparingly. A certain risk of hypersensitivity to the resin may occur.
The scent of the benzoin resin can be soporific in high concentrations.