Opoponax Essential Oil

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Opoponax Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Commiphora Erythrea
Plant Part: Crude Resin
Extraction Method: Steam
Origin: Somalia

Description: It has a branching stem growing about 1 to 3 feet high, thick and rough near the base. Leaves pinnate, with long petioles and large serrate leaflets, the terminal one cordite, the rest deficient at the base, hairy underneath. The 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. In commerce it is sometimes found in tears, but usually in small, irregular pieces.

Colour: Yellow to Light Red

Consistency: Thin to Medium

: Middle

Strength of Aroma: Medium

Blends Well With: Opoponax blends well with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Oak Moss, Cypress, Juniper, Mandarin, Geranium, Patchouli, Thyme, Mints, Lavender, Pine and Spices.

Aromatic Scent: Opoponax has a bittersweet undertone with some herbaceousness.

History: A cousin of the healing Myrrh we have always offered, this sweet Myrrh is most likely the Myrrh spoken of in the Song of Solomon. Unlike our healing Myrrh, this has a sweeter, softer and longer lasting aroma, very different from the sharp freshness of Myrrh Oil. It has been a component of incense and perfumes since Biblical times.
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.
Never use pure oils on the skin without diluting, never use internally, keep away from children and eyes, always check if there are any medical issues which could cause a problem. Seek help if you have any doubts.

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