Opoponax ~ Sweet Myrhh
For many centuries, Sweet Myrrh – Opoponax has been used in perfumery and for treating wounds and clearing respiratory congestion. Sweet Myrrh essential oil exerts a drying action on mucous membranes, allowing relief from bronchitis, colds, sore throats, and coughs.
Similar to Frankincense and Myrrh, Opoponax is used for its antiseptic and anti-parasitic properties. The oil also possesses powerful relief for stomach ailments, arthritis, inflammation, and muscle pain.
Botanical Name: Commiphora Holtziana
Botanical Family: Burseraceae
Distilled From: Resin
Country of Origin: Kenya
Extraction: Steam Distilled
Physical: Light Yellow/Brown Color with thin consistency
Aroma: Spicy/Sweet, Woody, Earthy, Warm
Opoponax may be used on the body to assist with ridding of infection. The oil can be applied topically in small amounts diluted in carrier oil to help fight infection and relieve sore muscles and joints.
King Soloman used Opoponax for fragrance purposes, as well as for its medicinal purposes. The resin and essential oil was used for treating diarrhea, indigestion, and wounds. The oil offers anti-inflammatory benefits to relax muscles and help heal arthritis.
Emotionally and Spiritually, Opoponax has a clearing and balancing effect. The oil cleanses and purifies the emotional system when inhaled or diffused. Sweet Myrrh is often used during meditation and temple practices as a space and body/mind cleanser and strengthener.
Neat: Place a drop or two directly onto clean and intact skin. A couple drops on the wrists, shoulders, temples or neck imparts a beautiful aroma and is an effective remedy for stress and nervous depression. To use as deodorant, place a drop or two on each armpit. Note: May be too concentrated to be used undiluted on facial skin.
Blended with Carrier: Use 15 drops per 1 TBL of carrier oil such as grapeseed, rosehip, jojoba or hazelnut oils, and massage over any area where you would like for healing to occur. This dilution is ideal for facial skin. For more sensitive and mature skin, start out with using a 5 drops per 1 TBL dilution.
Bath: Place 8 drops into 3 handfuls of bath salt and disperse, or add 8 drops to vodka or whole milk
Diffusor: Follow diffusor manufacturer’s instructions, but typically add about 8 drops.
Room Deodorizer: Add 15 drops per 2oz distilled water and spray as desired