Essential Oil of ­­­­Galbanum

Ferula galbaniflua


Family: Umbeliferae

Origin: Found in the Middle East (Iran and Levant)

Plant description: A shrub producing hard and soft resin that is pale green. The resin is extracted from the cracks in older stems of the herb.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Shrub/Bark

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Borneol, Guaiol, Linalool, Terpineol (Alcohols), Carvone (Ketone), Cadinene, Cadinol (Sesquiterpenes), Carene, Limonene, Myrcene, Pinene, Terpinolene (Terpenes)

PRECAUTIONS: An emmenagogue so best avoided during pregnancy. The lingering aroma can induce headaches as well as irritate mucus membranes and sensitive skin.

PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Resolvent, Vulnerary, Stimulant



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Its analgesic and antispasmodic action may help with muscle cramp and rheumatism.

Immune System: Helps shift ailments and works against chronic conditions.

Nervous system:

Mental/Emotional: Removes mental blockages due to its grounding effect. Calms erratic moods and eases nervous tension.

Reproductive: Helps with scanty periods, menstrual cramps and water retention. Also menopausal difficulties involving irritability and hot flashes.

Respiratory system: Commonly used for persistent lung infections. Good for freeing mucus and easing troublesome coughs. Beneficial to the respiratory tract as a whole as it calms bronchial spasms

Skin care: Beneficial for inflammation, swellings, wounds and abscesses. Be careful as it may cause irritation in sensitive skin types.


About this essential oil: It has been said to be a favorite oil of Moses, and is written about in the book of Exodus. Galbanum is one of the ingredients of the sacred incense or Qetoret used by the temple priests of the Jews. The Qetoret was considered to have the power to elevate a person and connect him to his higher self. In Proverbs 27:9, King Solomon exclaims “…Qetoret brings joy to the heart.”



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