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Opoponax Essential Oil

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Discover the grounding essence of Edens Garden's Opoponax essential oil, a hidden gem that infuses your environment with an earthy and enchanting woodsy aroma. Sourced from the heart of East Africa, this oil is a testament to the rich olfactory heritage of its landscape. Its complex fragrance profile, prized in perfumery and incense making, offers a luxurious and robust scent that has been cherished for centuries. With properties akin to Myrrh—thanks to their shared botanical lineage—Opoponax is not just an oil; it's a staple for those seeking a natural retreat into tranquility.

Everyday life is often bustling with activities that can tip our inner balance. Opoponax emerges as a natural ally, encouraging us to unwind and immerse ourselves in the calming serenity it offers. The simplicity of integrating Opoponax into your wellness routine can have profound effects. Blend a few drops with a carrier oil for a grounding massage that eases tension, or add it to your diffuser while meditating to enhance focus and deepen relaxation. And here's a quick tip: Create your own potpourri by adding Opoponax to dried flowers and herbs, enveloping your space with its sweet, grounding aroma. 

Our commitment to quality and purity ensures that every bottle of Opoponax essential oil is a blend of nature's best, without any compromise on affordability. Stories from our community echo the transformative impact of integrating this essential oil into daily practices—be it for skin care, relaxation, or spiritual well-being. We urge you to experience the wonders of Opoponax yourself and let it guide you toward a calmer, more centered version of yourself. At Edens Garden, it is our joy to enrich your life with the finest aromas nature has to offer, fostering wellness that's just a drop away.


Botanical Name: Commiphora erythraea

Origin: Kenya

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Resin

Note: Base

Family: Burseraceae

Synonym: Opopanax, Scented Myrrh, Sweet Myrrh

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Neroli, and other citrus

Aroma: Sweet, earthy, and musky with subtle woody nuances

Consistency: Thick

Color: Clear – Pale Yellow

Safety & Shelf life

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.

Adult Max Dilution: 0.6%

Shelf Life: 1-2 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Opoponax essential oil?
  • Native to East Africa, Opoponax essential oil (Commiphora erythraea) is commonly used in perfumery, incense and herbal remedies. It shares many of the same properties with Myrrh because the plant source is closely related. A tall tropical tree that holds natural oleogum resin in tubular vessels between the bark and wood trunk, Opoponax’s gum dries to form dark reddish-brown lumps that produce a sweet and robust-like aroma. The resin is put through a steam distillation method to capture the essential oil.
Where to buy Opoponax essential oil?
  • While there are many essential oil companies in the market today, Edens Garden has consistently risen above the competition and is considered the best source for 100% pure Opoponax essential oil. We strive to offer unparalleled value and wellness in every drop of essential oil we carry (without the pesky MLM markups). Our oils are third-party GC/MS tested for 100% purity, safety and quality so you can rest assured that you’re getting the very best. Furthermore, our top-quality oils are a reflection of the hard work and expertise of our partner farms and distilleries. We support farms that put people first and uphold rigorous quality standards. We also give back a percentage of all Edens Garden profits to a variety of organizations that are building a better tomorrow, so you can feel good about your purchase.
What does Opoponax essential oil smell like?
  • Opoponax offers a rich and earthy aroma with intoxicating woody nuances that can help us let go of stress and find stillness and calm. It’s also described as sweet, earthy, and musky with subtle animalic nuances. In perfumery, it blends well with Bergamot, Neroli and citruses such as Sweet Orange, Lemon, Yuzu, Grapefruit, Mandarin and Tangerine. For an earthy, grounding diffuser blend, add 4 drops Opoponax, 3 drops Sweet Orange and 3 drops Elemi to an essential oil diffuser. If you enjoy the resinous aromas of Frankincense and Myrrh, you’re sure to love Opoponax.
What can I use the essential oil of Opoponax for?
  • A relative of Frankincense and Myrrh, Opoponax is extracted from the resin of the Opoponax tree. Its aroma is balsamic, musky and likened to Frankincense. Opoponax oil is known for its skin healing, decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties. One of our favorite ways to use Opoponax is in a skin-healing moisturizer. To do so, mix 32 drops Opoponax, 15 drops Frankincense, 15 drops Myrrh and 10 drops Lavender essential oil in 4 oz of Unscented Body Oil.
Is Opoponax essential oil a substitute for Frankincense?
  • Being from the same family, it’s no wonder why Frankincense Carterii and Opoponax pair well together. Both distilled from resins, Frankincense and Opoponax are similar in that they each help to relax, aid in immunity, relieve aches and increase meditation. These two oils were a match made in heaven. Because of their similarities, they can also be used interchangeably in a pinch.
Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Opoponax batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Commiphora erythraea. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

DIGEST: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Opoponax, 5 drops of Ginger and 5 drops of Sweet Orange. Or add 5-6 drops of Opoponax to your Scent Ball diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes. Alternately, add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle 4 drops of Opoponax, 3 drops of Ginger, 8 drops of Peppermint, 9 drops of Sweet Orange and 4 tablespoons of Sweet Almond oil. Shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage. (2% dilution)

INHALER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Opoponax, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Peppermint. Or add 5-6 drops of Opoponax to your Thera Lux Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

BATH SALTS: Combine: 1 drop of Opoponax, 1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Frankincense (Carterii) and 2 drops of Frankincense (Serrata) with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Add to full bath and rejuvenate for 15-30 minutes.

RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Opoponax, 5 drops of Ylang Ylang and 5 drops of Mandarin. Or add 5-6 drops of Opoponax to your Car Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

CLOSET SPRAY: In a 12 ounce spray bottle add: 55 drops of Opoponax, 45 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) and 40 drops of Frankincense, then fill with 4 oz grain alcohol and 8 oz distilled water. Shake well before each use. Mist as needed to relieve musty smells and discourage pests.

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