100% pure essential oil of Galbanum resin, steam distilled from shrubs grown in Turkey. Galbanum essential oil has a powerful, green, leaf-like and woody, pine-needle/balsamic undertone. A classic fixative with wonderful therapeutic properties and aroma! This Galbanum Essential OIl is of the highest therapeutic quality and is available in quantities of a sample to 1 kg or more.
ABOUT THE PLANT
Also known as the Galbanum gum tree, Galbanum is actually a perennial shrub in the Umbelliferae family (along with Fennel, Aniseed, and Angelica). Native to the Middle East and western Asia, it is now more commonly cultivated in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
ABOUT THE OIL
The resin is extracted by making small incisions in the bark at the base of the plant, much in the same way Frankincense and Myrrh is harvested. The droplets of resin dry into hard, walnut-sized brown exudates that are collected and distilled into essential oil. This Galbanum essential oil is clear, sourced from the resin of naturally cultivated Turkish Galbanum and steam distilled.
This oil has an intense green, turpentine-like middle notes with musty balsamic and deeply wooded undertones and a light, grassy top note. It acts well as a strong base note and blends well with Hyacinth, Violet, Narcissus, Lavender, Geranium, Oakmoss, Pine, and Fir.
Galbanum resin was used as a part of 'holy' incense (mentioned in Exodus) and was included in ancient Egyptian cosmetic and embalming preparations. Galbanum was also mentioned in Egyptian hieroglyphics as a “green incense” imported from Persia.1 The Greek philosopher Theophrastus describes the use of galbanum in a warming ointment.2
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations2:
Soothes aching hands, feet, or joints
Harmonizes and balances the psyche
Makes a revitalizing facial blend mixed with violet leaf and rose oil