galbanumLatin name – Ferula gummosa Family species – Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Galbanum Ferula gummosa is also referred to as Ferula galbaniflua, Galbanum Gum, Galbanum Resin, and Bubonion. The crude is dark amber to brown in color with a woody, green scent and soft balsamy undertone. The oil is produced from the oleoresin. A resinoid is also produced and used primarily as a fixative.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Colorless (clear) to pale yellow or olive
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Green, fresh top note with dry, woody, balsamy undertone
Perfume Aroma – Middle to top note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Herb
Parts Used – Oleoresin / gum from base of stem
Countries of Origin – Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon
Extraction Method – Steam or water distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Pinene, cadinol, cadinene, myrcene

Uses of Galbanum

Galbanum is used in aromatherapy, and is also used in perfumery and in products such as creams, lotions, soaps, and detergents. Also used as flavoring in commercial food and drinks.

Galbanum blends well with

  • hyacinth
  • lavender
  • oakmoss
  • opopanax
  • pine
  • violet

Special Precautions*

* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

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