Botanical Name: Ferula galbaniflua
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Resin
Note Classification: Top
Aroma: Fresh, woody, spicy, balsamic
Largest Producing Countries: Turkey, and Iran
Traditional Use: Galbanum 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.
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, restorative, tonic
Benefits: Abscesses, acne, boils, bronchitis, coughs, cuts, indigestion, inflammations, mature skin, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, poor circulation, rheumatism, scar tissue, stomach cramp, stress, tones the skin, wounds. For skin conditions such as scar tissue, muscle aches, or cramping, the oil may be added by itself or in a blend with a carrier oil, and applied to the area.
Blends Well With: Benzoin, fir, geranium, ginger, lavender, oakmoss, opopanax, pine
Of Interest: In astrology galbanum is associated with the Libra, and in Tarot galbanum is linked with The Fool.
Safety Data: Generally considered safe.