At Edens Garden, we are very selective about the essential oils that we carry. We want each oil to add something special to the lives of our community.
Opoponax offers a rich and earthy aroma with intoxicating woody nuances that can help us let go of stress and find stillness and calm.
Native to East Africa, Opoponax 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’ 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.
Botanical Name: Commiphora erythraea
Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Resin
Synonym: Opopanax, Scented Myrrh, Sweet Myrrh
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Neroli, and other citrus
Aroma: Sweet, earthy, and musky with subtle woody nuances
Color: Clear – Pale Yellow
Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician. Avoid use with sensitive or damaged skin. Possible mild skin sensitizer.
Adult Max Dilution: 0.6%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
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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