Opopanax (Sweet Myrrh) Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Commiphora guidotii or Commiphora holtziana
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled (usually 2-3 times)
Parts Used: Resin
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Sweet-balsamic, spicy, warm, animal-like
Largest Producing Countries: Kenya
Traditional Use: Used as a fixative in perfumery. Medicinally is known for its antiseptic and antispasmodic properties.
Properties: Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative
Benefits: Colds, cough, mouth ulcers, wounds. Topically this oil may be used similarly to myrrh in balms, ointments, and liniments.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, cistus, clary sage, coriander, fir, frankincense, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver
Of Interest: Opopanax has been utilized as a term in many novels, from writings by Steven King to James Joyce.
Safety Data: Phototoxic
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).