Galbanum resin - Ferula galbaniflua from Iran. Galbanum has long been valued for it's wonderfully complex green, spicy, woody, balsamlike fragrance. Hard Galbanum can best be described as having the consistency of hard taffy. The Egyptians imported Galbanum resin in vast amounts, it was among their most treasured incense ingredients.
Galbanum, also called "Mother resin", is discharged from the roots and lower trunk of this small wild plant. It originally grew in the Mesopotamia area and was exported to India, China, Israel and Egypt. Today Iran and Turkey are the primary sources of all Galbanum.
Galbanum was often used to relieve tensions due to anxiety and severe restlessness and to relieve muscle spasms. It was often used during childbirth.
Available in hard form only; dried and pliable.
Synonyms: Ferula gummosa, Mother resin
Origin: Central Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Southern Russia
Parts Used: oleo gum resin
Aroma Description: powerful, complex, fresh, earthy, rich green, spicy, woody, balsamic-resinous fragrance.
Emotional Attributes: calming, relaxing, meditation, prayer, sleep
Cosmetic Uses: extensively used in perfumery
Culinary Uses: none known
Medicinal Attributes: used as a stimulant, antiseptic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory. Used for bronchitis, asthma and externally to treat wounds, ulcers and other skin disorders. Also relieves indigestion and reduces muscle spasms
Element Association: Water
Magical Associations: spirituality, healing, protection, dreams
Astrological Association: Pisces, Gemini
Planetary Association: Moon
Season: Autumn, Winter
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam and hydro distilled. A highly prized fixative in perfumes. Also, a resinoid is produced using solvent extraction.
Mixes Well With: asafoetida, burgundy pitch, cinnamon, frankincense, galangal, guggul, lavender, musk seeds, myrrh, oakmoss, opoponax, pine needles, rose, rosemary, storax, etc.
Incense Use Tip: Warming Galbanum helps it become more pourable for easier use. Use a non-porous bowl and add it last to a completed ground mixture then knead. Latex gloves can make cleanup much easier after use of this sticky and messy material.
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