Galbanum Essential Oil

Type of plant: Tall plant that can grow up to 6 feet high with thick stalks and large flower heads covered in small, yellow, seed-bearing flowers, reminiscent of fennel

Part used: Gum resin

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: The gum is harvested from an outgrowth on the root collar of the plant, which has to be deliberately exposed before scoring, allowing the gum resin to exude. It hardens into brownish tears over a couple of days and is then collected. Further cuts at the site release more gum resin, and the process is repeated. Galbanum is one of the ingredients in the anointing oil instructions given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Hippocrates is known to have used it as a medicine, while Pliny ascribed magical powers to it. In the Middle East, galbanum is still used in medicine, perfumery, incense, and purification ceremonies.

Principal places of production: Iran, Lebanon

When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow or slightly green liquid with an intense, green, earthy, peppery aroma

Therapeutic properties: Anti-inflammatory antimicrobial, antiseptic, calmative, carminative, cicatrizing, digestive, nervine, spasmolytic, tonic

Therapeutic uses: Skin infection, inflammatory skin disorders, acne, pimples, cuts and grazes, wounds, scarring, bronchitis, coughs, respiratory difficulties, inflammatory muscular aches and pains, rheumatoid arthritis, indigestion, stress- and nerve-related conditions

Blends well with: Bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile german, chamomile roman, cinnamon leaf, clove bud, frankincense, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, manuka, melissa, myrtle, narcissus, niaouli, nutmeg, orange (sweet), patchouli, ravensara, rose maroc, spikenard, valerian, violet leaf, yarrow

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known