Galbanum

Latin Name: Ferula gummosa

Common Name: Galbanum

Botanical Name: Ferula gummosa

Botany: A Persian perennial plant species that produces an aromatic gum resin.

History: Galbanum has been around for thousands of years.  It was written about by the Egyptians and appears in the Old Testament.  Hippocrates used Galbanum in his medicines while Dioscorides wrote about its painkilling abilities. Pliny the Elder also listed Galbanum’s curative effects.  In modern times it is a very useful fixative for the perfume industry.

Origin: Iran

Plant Part: Resin

Extraction Method: Steam distilled

Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted

Fragrance: Earthy, fresh, herbaceous, balsamic, woodsy

Color of Oil: Clear

Keyword: Unblocking

Note: Top Note

Blends well with: Chamomile, Citronella, Elemi, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Galbanum is comforting and resolving.  It dispels hysteria and nervous tension.

Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Galbanum is analgesic.  It is good for abscesses, wounds, cuts, scars, and wrinkles. Galbanum is helpful for persistent infections of the lungs, asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. It is also beneficial for swollen lymph glands and muscular aches.

Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Galbanum is very grounding and good for meditation.

Chemical Constituents: cadinene, cardinol, myrcene, pinene

Common Adulterants: Beta-pinene (synthetic or bioidentical), undecatrienes

Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin or bath. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.

Warnings: Avoid during pregnancy.

Color Energy: Gold - Revitalizing

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