Benzoin essential oil can raise spirits and uplift mood. That is why it was and still is widely used in religious ceremonies in many parts of the world. It is used in incense sticks and other such substances which, when burnt, gives out the smoke with the characteristic aroma of benzoin oil.
Top notes are Almond, Coffee, Bergamot and Lemon; middle notes are Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac, Orange Blossom, Orris and Bulgarian Rose; base notes are Tonka Bean, Cacao, Vanilla, Praline, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber, Cashmere Wood, Patchouli, Cinnamon and Cedar.
Similar to lavender, cedarwood is thought to be good for detoxifying and clearing negative emotions. Because inhaling cedarwood triggers the release of serotonin in the brain which converts to melatonin, the essential oil is known for its sedative qualities and usefulness in treating insomnia.
Commonly used in aromatherapy to elevate mood and alleviate stress, bergamot oil is also said to have characteristics similar to grapefruit essential oil in that it is antiseptic, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving)