Botanical Name: Commiphora erythraea
Plant Part: Resin
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: The Opoponax tree has a branching stem growing about 1 to 3 feet high, which is thick and rough near the base. Its leaves are pinnate, with long petioles and large serrate leaflets. The oleoresin is obtained by cutting into the stem at the base. The juice that exudes dries in the sun, and from these ‘tears’, the Essential Oil is obtained. Though the resin is sometimes found in tears, it is more usually seen in small, irregular pieces.
Color: Yellow to reddish liquid.
Common Uses: Properties of Opoponax Essential Oil include being analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, antispasmodic, disinfectant, immune stimulant, circulatory stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vulnerary. It is useful for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, uterine tumors, as it purges stagnant blood out of the uterus. Also known as sweet Myrrh, it is commonly used in Chinese medicine for rheumatism, arthritis and circulatory problems. Opoponax Essential Oil can be used in perfumery.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Cypress, Juniper, Mandarin, Geranium, Patchouli, Thyme, Peppermint, Lavender and Pine.
Aromatic Scent: Opoponax Essential Oil has a bittersweet undertone with herbaceous notes.
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 the oil.
Opoponax (Commiphora erythraea)
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