Galbanum Resin (Ferula galbaniflua/gummosa) - Iran

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Galbanum resin (Ferula galbaniflua/gummosa) from Iran has long been valued for its wonderfully complex green, spicy, woody, balsam-like fragrance. It is gathered in the summer season by collecting the resin from the bulb, root and lower stem of the plant. According to Greek scholars galbanum originates in Syria, but has been used throughout the ages by the Greek, Roman and Egyptian cultures as part of their incense ceremonies as well as medicinal practices. With the consistency hard taffy, galbanum is used in many incense mixtures, including “God’s Smile”, the incense blend based on the recipe in the Book of Exodus. It has excellent fixative properties and is used widely in perfume recipes, providing the "green note".

As with many other resins, woods and botanicals, it has suffered decades of exploitation and over-harvesting, and efforts are underway to replenish the ancient resource by countries that produce and export galbanum.

Best handled using latex gloves.

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