Galbanum Essential Oil

Distillation Method:
Steam
Country of Origin:
Turkey
Plant Part:
Resin
Latin Name:
Ferula galbaniflua
Cultivation:
Naturally Grown

THIS OIL IS A SEASONAL ITEM, GET SUPPLIES WHILE THEY LAST!

About the Oil: This Galbanum essential oil has a powerful green, leaf-like and woody, balsamic undertone. Our CO2 distillation ensures that the the most abundant therapeutic qualities are present along with a well-rounded scent.

Drops per ml

Blending Tips

60

Chemical Families

Monoterpenes
93.70%
Sesquiterpenes
3.59%
Esters
2.24%

Primary Constituents

beta pinene
65.42%
alpha pinene
9.60%
3-careen
9.34%
beta myrcene
3.07%
limonene
3.04%
Description

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

Galbanum is distilled from resin, much in the way of Frankincense and Myrrh. The resin is collected by incisions at the base of the plant; the resin itself has a very intense turpentine scent, thought when distilled, the aroma is a lovely, complex aromatic generally used as a fixative or base note in perfumery blends.

This Galbanum essential oil is pale yellow in color, and distilled using CO2. The CO2 process allows more of the molecular structure to remain intact; it involves no heat and requires only one state change (from solid to liquid, rather than becoming gaseous then a liquid). Resins used for medicinal-grade oils (Frankincense, Myrrh) should be distilled in this manner to retain the full spectrum of beneficial properties.

We have found many of the steam distilled varieties to be challenging, while this CO2 distillation brings out a smooth, full and rich aroma.

OF INTEREST

Galbanum resin was used historically as part of 'holy' incense (mentioned in Exodus), and included in cosmetic and embalming preparations. Galbanum; is used in Eastern medicine as well.

Therapeutic Properties

THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS

From Jeanne Rose’s The Aromatherapy Book: Applications and Inhalations1:

  • Soothes aching hands, feet, or joints
  • Harmonizes & balances the psyche
  • Revitalizing facial moisturizer

From Christine Wildwood’s The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy2:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Balsamic
  • Carminative
  • Restorative
  • Calming dry earthy quality
  • “reminiscent of dense green undergrowth”

PROPERTIES OF GALBANUM REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH

Galbanum is very high in beta-pinene, which gives it its characteristic woody, pine-needle aroma. The therapeutic effects of beta pinene include:

  • Antidepressant3
  • Sedative3
  • Antibacterial4

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES

  • Beta-pinene and linalool were found to have significant antidepressant-like effects in rodents. The study also showed evidence of a sedative effect of both compounds as well.
  • Beta-pinene had significant antibacterial activity against multiple strains of Gram-positive bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and S. pyogenes.4

REFERENCES

1 Rose, Jeanne. The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. North Atlantic Books, 2013.

2 Wildwood, Christine. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.

3 Guzmán-Gutiérrez, S.L., et al. “Antidepressant Activity of Litsea Glaucescens Essential Oil: Identification of β-Pinene and Linalool as Active Principles.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 143, no. 2, 2012, pp. 673–679., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2012.07.026.

4 Leite, Aristides Medeiros, et al. “Inhibitory Effect of β-pinene, α-pinene and Eugenol on the Growth of Potential Infectious Endocarditis Causing Gram-positive Bacteria.” Revista Brasileira De Ciências Farmacêuticas, vol. 43, no. 1, 2007, pp. 121–126., doi:10.1590/s1516-93322007000100015.

Application

INHALATION

  • direct inhalation, diffuser, humidifier
  • Place 1-2 drops in 10oz of water in a humidifier or nebulizing diffuser.

TOPICAL

  • massage, compress, skincare
  • Massage directly onto points of stiffness, inflammation or discomfort.
Aromatherapy Details

This oil has an intense green, pine, turpentine-like middle notes with tangy balsamic and deeply wooded undertones. The CO2 distillation process smooths out of the aroma and presents its complexity.

It acts well as a strong base note and blends well with Hyacinth, Violet, Narcissus, Lavender, Geranium, Oakmoss, Pine, and Fir.

Safety

Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.