Opoponax Essential Oil

Price: $65.22
Opoponax Essential Oil

Commiphora erythraea steam distilled from the crude resin in Egypt

Aroma: Sacred Opoponax has a bittersweet undertone with some herbaceousness. I describe it as a cross between frankincense and myrrh. Unlike myrrh, opoponax has a sweeter, softer and longer lasting aroma, very different from the sharp freshness of myrrh Oil.

Note: Middle to Base

Colour: Yellow to Light Red

History: A cousin of healing myrrh, opoponax is most likely the "sweet myrrh" spoken of in the Song of Solomon. It has been a component of incense and perfumes since Biblical times.

The precious oleo resin is procured by cutting into the stem at the base. When sun-dried, the juice that exudes forms the opoponax essential oil of commerce. A warm climate is necessary to produce an oleo gum resin of the first quality. For this reason, the oil from France is deemed inferior.

Common Uses: Alterative, analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, antispasmodic, disinfectant, immune stimulant, circulatory stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vulnerary.

It is useful for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, uterine tumors, as it purges stagnant blood out of the uterus. Good for obesity and diabetes.

Myrrh is commonly used in Chinese medicine for rheumatism, arthritis and circulatory problems.

It is employed in perfumery.

Cautions: Any resins tend to be difficult to eliminate and can cause minor damage to the kidneys if taken internally over an extended period. Very high doses, taken over a long period of time can be dangerous. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Do not use if pregnant or have kidney disease without first checking with the doctor. Opoponax also photosensitizes, so all efforts should be made to avoid exposure to ultraviolet light after applying Opopanax.