Also known as Sweet Myrhh or Bisabol Myrhh and rarely as Opobalsam and Bdellium
Opoponax Gum (Commiphora opoponax) is a subtle scented close relative of Myrhh and is mostly obtained from Kenya nowdays although a small amount exits through Ethiopia and Somalia occasionally.
It is prized in perfumery for its exotic and quite wonderful scent which a has a subtle aroma of balsamic orange with toffee, a touch of lavender perhaps, earthy and the rich dusky aroma of Myrhh itself. It is sometimes known as Sweet Myrhh or Bisabol Myrhh and rarely as Opobalsam and Bdellium.
It is considered to be cleansing and purifying and used by Wiccans in protective spells
Extraction of the opoponax is done through the tapping of trees just like frankincense and myrrh gums are; simply by making incisions in the bark and also by breaking off the twigs. A gum seeps out of these incisions which is the tree’s natural defenese which then solidifies to brown lumps over time. Purists suggest that deliberate scarring of the trees produces an inferior gum, forcing the tree to exude the gum in large quantities to protect itself whereas natural wind or weather damage or that produced by animal damage is far better as only small concentrated amount of gum is produced.
African Opoponax from elsewhere is the resin of Commiphora kataf or Commiphora erythrea and Commiphora roxburgii or Commiphora africana.
The History of Opoponax Gum:-
King Solomon was reputed to have regarded Opoponax Gum as the most noble of gums. Both Pliny (the elder) in his Historia Naturalis as Bactrian and Nubian Bdellium. and Dioscorides in his De Materia Medica were aware of the gum and recommended it although they are both uncertain in their descriptions and may have been referring to completely different species using the same name.
Various cultures used Opoponax Gum to guard against negative influences, strengthen the senses, and to increase awareness and intuition.
The name Opopanax derives from Anglo-Norman opopanac, from Latin opopanax.
We accept direct payments through Etsy by credit/debit card or Paypal transfers to make it as easy as possible for you.
You have the right to cancel an order within 24 hours of placing the order or by request at any time prior to despatch.
We aim to despatch within 2 working days of receipt of order but will inform you if this differs for some reason for any product you may have ordered. We use a tracking service which requires your parcel to be signed for and you will be able, in many instances, to track the progress of your package from door to door.
Orders to destinations outside the EU will have a customs and excise declaration - customers from outside the UK should make themselves aware of any local restriction on imported plant material and the Natural Herbalist can accept no liability for custom and excise intervention in your order at transit or delivery stage.
PLEASE READ – IMPORTANT
ALL ORDER WILL ONLY BE DESPATCHED USING TRACKED AND SIGNED FOR DELIVERY WHERE APPROPRIATE (some countries provide tracked OR signed for only rather than both)
WE GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO PROVIDE TRACKING ON YOUR PURCHASE SIMPLY SO THAT YOU CAN, AT ANY POINT ON YOUR PARCEL’S JOURNEY, AND WHERE APPROPRIATE AND APPLICABLE, CHECK ON YOUR PARCEL’S PROGRESS.
TRACKING NOT ONLY INFORMS YOU OF WHERE YOUR PARCEL IS BUT ALSO IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS WITH DELIVERY THAT ONLY YOU CAN CORRECT SUCH AS MISADDRESSED PARCELS, NOT BEING IN WHEN YOU HAVE TO SIGN FOR THE PARCEL OR RE-ARRANGING A DELIVERY TO SUIT YOUR SCHEDULE.
AVOIDING USE OF TRACKING WILL ONLY LEAD IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES TO YOU LOSING YOUR ORDER WHERE YOUR ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED BY THE CARRIER TO COMPLETE DELIVERY.
PLEASE USE THE TRACKING SERVICE – IT IS SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE AND WILL HELP YOU AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
We hope you enjoy your purchase
YOU WILL BE REQUIRED BY YOUR DOMESTIC POSTAL SERVICE TO SIGN FOR YOUR PARCEL UPON ITS DELIVERY – IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO SIGN FOR YOUR PARCEL YOUR DOMESTIC CARRIER WILL LEAVE A NOTICE FOR YOU TO CONTACT THEM REGARDING YOUR ARRANGEMENT FOR A MORE SUITABLE TIME FOR DELIVERY OR YOUR COLLECTION OF THE ITEM FROM THE SORTING OFFICE – THEY WILL NORMALLY ALLOW UP TO THREE WEEKS FOR YOU TO ACCOMPLISH THIS.
IF, FOR SOME REASON, YOU DO NOT RE-SCHEDULE A SUITABLE TIME FOR YOUR LOCAL CARRIER TO RE-DELIVER YOUR PARCEL, IT MAY BE RETURNED ULTIMATELY TO US. THIS IS BY NO MEANS CERTAIN AND ALWAYS TAKES LONGER THAN THE OUTWARD JOURNEY BUT ONLY UPON RECEIPT OF THE RETURNED PARCEL WILL A REFUND ON THE PURCHASE PRICE BE MADE. WE WILL NOT SEND THE ITEMS AGAIN NOR REFUND THE ORIGINAL CARRIAGE CHARGE.
Our Shipping Terms and Conditions are shown in detail here...
Our General Terms and Conditions are shown in detail here...
No MSDS or COA certification is provided with your order as per our terms and conditions.