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  Opoponax (Sweet Myrrh) (no ratings yet)
Commiphora guidotti, wildcrafted, steam-distilled resin, Somalia
  • Respiratory - drying
  • Perfumery - sweetly resinous
  • Long lasting base note


A cousin of the healing Myrrh Oil we have always offered, this sweet Myrrh is most likely the Myrrh spoken of in the Song of Solomon. Unlike our healing Myrrh, this has a sweeter, softer, and longer lasting aroma, very different from the sharp freshness of Myrrh Oil. It has been a component of incense and perfumes since Biblical times.

Some time ago I met a delightful young woman from Somalia. Her family had been harvesting and exporting Frankincense and other resins to some of our European suppliers, so we had a lot of mutual friends and colleagues. She said her brother was just starting to distill their own oils, and would we be interested? Of course we would! True, artisan distilled resin oils from Somalia? How could we resist. The Sweet Myrrh is the first,  Some unusual Frankincense varieties to follow soon.  We hope you love the beautiful oil as much as we do!

Some sources state that it has adrying action and thus would be effective against excessive mucous in the lungs. Hence it could be recommended in cases of bronchitis, colds, sore throats, and coughs.

Primarily, though, I would use this sweet base note in blending for perfume. Debi says it reminds her aromatically, of the wee bit of Oud we have saved for use in our Sacred Blend. At first I couldn't see the similarities, but in the drydown, the resemblance is strong.

WARNING: Possible sensitizer. Those sensitized to Peru Balsam should avoid use on the skin. Also, a photosensitizer, avoid exposure to ultraviolet light when wearing Opopanax.

SHELF LIFE: Approximately 3 to 4 years after you open the bottle.  Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.

Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. KE-48448
Batch No. KE-OPO1214ED
Batch No. SO-58629

BLENDS WITH: Orange, Lemon, and other Citrus Oils, Frankincense, Neroli, Patchouli, and Sandalwood.

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