Opopanax Essential Oil
Opopanax is also called sweet Myrrh and is a resinous tree from Ethiopia.
- Botanical Family: Burseraceae
- Other Common Names: Sweet Myrrh
- Part of Plant Used: Resin
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Opopanax and Myrrh are both distilled from the same genus.
- Chemistry: Opopanax is primarily comprised of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes ((E)-β-ocimene, α-santalene, (Z)-α-bisabolene, (E)-α-bergamotene).
- Perfumery: used as a fragrance fixative
- Digestive: soothes stress-related digestive issues
- Respiratory: supports the respiratory system
- Emotional: calming and harmonizing for the mind and spirit
- Spiritual: supports the Crown Chakra associated with the higher states of consciousness
- Scent Profile: Mid to base note that is dry and smoky with earthy undertones
- Longevity: The aroma of Opopanax can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Balsamic, Resinous
- Blends well with: Amber, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Cedarwood, Cistus, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Clary Sage, coriander, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Lemon, lime, Mandarin, Musk, Myrrh, Nag champa, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Vanilla, Vetiver, Yuzu
- Mildly photosensitizing. Avoid exposure to ultraviolet light.
Products Using Opopanax Essential OIl
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.