Thursday, June 14, 2012

Galbanum Essential Oil

I just purchased a small bottle of Galbanum Essential Oil and thought I would share some information about it with you.  Traditionally, Galbanun (Ferula galbaniflua) has a long history as incense.  The resin may be burned, and the oil has been used as a fixative in perfumes.  Medicinally it has been used on wounds and skin disorders.  It contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, restorative and tonic properties.  Galbanum Essential Oil may benefit abscesses, acne, boils, cuts, inflammations, mature skin, muscle aches and pains, nervous tension, poor circulation, scar tissue and sallow skin tone.

In astrology galbanum is associated with the Libra (My Zodiac sign!!). In Tarot galbanum is linked with The Fool.  This is a "Generally considered safe" essential oil that is wonderful to mix with a carrier oil and apply to scar tissue and mature skin.

The largest producing countries of the essential oil are Turkey and Iran.  I personally enjoy the strong fresh, woody, spicy aroma and plan to craft it into a perfume soon.  I am also working on a skin serum and will post the recipe soon. 

This is a Koehler Image of the Galbanum plant. Published in the public domain. 
You can purchase a 1/2 ounce bottle of Galbanum Essential Oil at Mountain Rose Herbs for only $19.50 (as of 6/14/12). Head over to MountainRoseHerbs.com to order. 

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