Opopanax Resin

Certified Organic & Kosher Certified

  • OG
  • K
  • Commiphora guidottii
  • Origin: Somalia
Opopanax Resin

SKU
opop1oz

Common Name

Standardized: sweet myrrh

Botanical Name

Commiphora guidottii Chiov. ex Guid.
Plant Family: Burseraceae

Overview

Now certified organic! 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. The harvest of gums and resins takes place during the dry season, as they are easily damaged by rain. A number of incisions are made into the bark, and the gum resins are allowed to ooze out and solidify for a few weeks. The harvesters then return to each tree to collect the resin. The resins are then transported to local villages where they are further dried in the shade.

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.

References

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

Precautions

Specific: Not for internal use.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified herbal practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.