Galbanum is the “things are going to get better” essential oil. The father of ancient medicine, Hippocrates, used it in many curative recipes.
The Ancient Egyptians used Galbanum as incense and during the embalming process. And although you may be unlikely to embalm anyone anytime soon, Galbanum does contain healing cicatrization properties which are great for the skin.
Galbanum has an aroma that is described by experts as “intensely green.” Spicy and herbal, it has been compared to green peppers and tossed salad. It has subtle piney notes mostly likely due to the presence of several pinenes.
Galbanum plants are large perennial herbs with smooth stems, shiny leaflets and small flowers. They contain resin ducts which exude a milky juice, a natural oleoresin. The dried resinous exudation is collected by making incisions at the base of the stem. Through a steam distillation process, the essential oil is extracted.
Botanical Name: Ferula galbaniflua
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Resin
Blends Well With: Frankincense, and other resins
Aroma: Herbaceous, weedy, green, and slightly-sweet
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Ferula galbaniflua is the Latin binomial for Galbanum essential oil and its use dates back centuries to ancient Egypt and Hippocrates. Galbanum plants are large perennial herbs with smooth stems, shiny leaflets and small flowers. They contain resin ducts that exude a milky juice, a natural oleoresin. The resin, made by incisions at the base of the stem, is collected when dried and extracted by the steam distillation process.
- Galbanum is an aromatic gum resin that grows easily on the slopes of the mountains of northern Iran. Being a resin it will go well with other resinous oils and sticky tree oils such as Benzion, Frankincense, Fir, Myrrh, Opopanax, and Pine. For blends to heal and promote healthy skin try blending it with Myrrh, Geranium and Lavender.
- Galbanum is a highly versatile essential oil finding itself in blends to relieve skin issues from sensitive skin to acne to inflammation and redness. It also has an affinity to heal wounds, scars and some say that it can fade stretch marks over time. It is considered for its detoxifying properties in massage oil blends and aids with achy muscles by helping to increase circulation. It also works incredibly well in de-stress and relaxation blends.
- Some say that at first smell, the notes of Galbanum can be somewhat bitter and uniquely distinctive. But the initial notes are followed by a spicy, green, wood-like and balsamic aromas. It has also been referred to as having somewhat of an earthen aromatic with forest-like qualities.
- There are several ways to effectively use Galbanum essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) For respiratory health, add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a wound healing, skin nourishing massage oil blend that also helps to repair scars. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of Castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
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MASSAGE OIL: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 10 drops of Galbanum, 5 drops of Helichrysum and 5 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply enough of this mixture to cover the inflamed area and massage into the skin. (1.7% dilution)
BATH SALTS: Combine: 1 drop of Galbanum, 1 drop of Frankincense (Frereana) and 2 drops of Frankincense (Serrata) with 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup Epsom salts. Stir together and add to running bath water for a relaxing soak.
RELAX BLEND: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Galbanum, 5 drops of Bergamot and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang.
MATURE SKIN: Add 1 drop of Galbanum to 1 teaspoon Rosehip oil. Apply to face, neck and the back of hands. (1% dilution)
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