Description: A relative of the myrrh tree, this species provides us with a natural ole gum resin commonly known as sweet myrrh. It adds a nice spicy-sweet, earthy aroma to any mixture. Those for whom myrrh is too bitter and have stayed away from it, may wish to try Opoponax resin.
Opoponax resin was used in incense to protect against negative influences, and increase intuition.
Synonyms: sweet myrrh, bisabol myrrh, Commiphora erythrea
Origin: East Africa
Parts Used: oleo gum resin
Aroma Description: spicy-sweet, slightly floral, woody, balsamic, earthy, with hints of animal and root-like notes
Cosmetic Uses: Perfumery, aromatherapy
Culinary Uses: none known
Medicinal Attributes: none known
Element Association: Water
Planetary Association: Moon
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, a steam distilled essential oil is made as is a resinoid using hydrocarbons, alcohol, and/or solvents.
Mixes Well With: amber, basil, benzoin, calamus, cassia, cinnamon, cloves, dammar, dragon's blood, elemi, frankincense, galangal, galbanum, guggul, iris root, juniper, labdanum, lavender, myrrh, oakmoss, onycha, patchouli, rose, sandarac, spikenard, star anise, storax, tolu balsam, vanilla, etc.
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