Galbanum is a tall, perennial herb with small flowers and shiny leaves. It is native to Middle Eastern countries, such as Iran and Afghanistan. The plant exudes a gum resin which is released when the base of the stem is cut. Galbanum essential oil is then steam distilled from the resin.
The aroma of Galbanum essential oil is unique, a bit overpowering but like other intense essential oils it tends to grow on you. Galbanum is used extensively in the perfumery industry as a fixative and also to add ‘green’ notes to fragrances. Although it is not commonly used in today’s aromatherapy, Galbanum does also have some useful therapeutic properties.
Botanical Name: Ferula galbaniflua