Galbanum Oil

galbanum Ferula galbaniflua

Galbanum oil (resin) was used by the ancient civilizations as incense. It’s mentioned in Exodus 30:34 in the Bible. “And the Lord said to Moses: Take unto thee spices, stacte, and onycha, galbanum of sweet savour, and the clearest frankincense, all shall be of equal weight.” This oil was also used in Egypt for cosmetics and in the embalming process.

Botanical Name - Ferula galbaniflua

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Resin

Note Classification - Base

Aroma - Fresh green top note and woody-dry balsamic undertone

Largest Producing Countries - Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Lebanon

Traditional Use - This oil is used as a fixative and fragrance component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions, and perfumes.

Properties - Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, balsamic, carminative, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, restorative, and tonic.

Benefits - Abscesses, acne, asthma, boils, bronchitis, catarrh, chronic coughs, cuts, flatulence, heals scar tissue, indigestion, inflammations, mature skin, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension and stress-related complaints, poor circulation, rheumatism, stomach cramp, tones the skin, wounds, and wrinkles.

Blends Well With - Fir, geranium, hyacinth, lavender, narcissus, oakmoss, opopanax, pine, styrax, and violet.

Safety DataGalbanum oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

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