Opoponax resin is collected from Commiphora guidottii, a tree found growing in tropical and subtropical areas throughout Africa and Asia. Hailing from the same family as myrrh (Commiphora myrrh), opopanax in its resinous form can also work as an incense. However, opopanax’s fragrance is sweet and soft, with resinous and balsamic notes and without myrrh’s sometimes imposing pungency and earthiness, earning it the nickname “sweet myrrh.” Opoponax resin has had some occasional use in herbal folk medicine, mostly as an antispasmodic, deobstruent, remedy for hysteria and to sharpen the senses. There were reports of it to also work as an emmenagogue, though there is little evidence to support this particular use today. Instead one can commonly find it in aromatherapy and perfumery.
Country of origin : Ethiopia
Botanical name : Commiphora erthraea