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Opopanax Resin (Sweet Myrrh)

  • Commiphora sp.
  • Origin: Kenya
Opopanax Resin (Sweet Myrrh)

SKU
opo_1oz

Common Name

Standardized: sweet myrrh

Botanical Name

Commiphora sp.
Plant Family: Burseraceae

Overview

Introduction

Opopanax is a flowering perennial, producing small clusters of yellow flowers. It is native to Southern Europe and parts of the Middle East, preferring warm weather, which enables it to produce greater qualities of its fragrant resin. To extract the resin, the opopanax is cut at the base of the plant, allowing it to seep out. Afterwards, it is dried in the sun, producing hard, golden colored chunks of resin.

Summary

Often burned as incense, opopanax has a warm, earthy scent. The essential oil is used as a fixative in perfumery. In biblical times, opopanax was applied for minor wounds, but has since fallen out of disuse medicinally.

Precautions

Not for internal use.

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16170385
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/o/opopon10.html

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