A cousin of the healing Myrrh Oil we have always offered, this sweet Myrrh is most likely the Myrrh spoken of in the Song of Solomon. Unlike our astringent and healing Myrrh, this has a sweeter, softer, and longer lasting aroma, very different from the sharp freshness of Myrrh Oil. It has been a component of incense and perfumes since Biblical times.
Some sources state that it has a drying action and thus would be effective against excessive mucous in the lungs. Hence it could be recommended in cases of bronchitis, colds, sore throats, and coughs. From a respiratory standpoint it would have just the opposite effect of our Inula graveolens, which loosens a tight dry cough. The Opoponax should help dry up a really “soupy” cough.
Primarily, though, I would use this sweet base note in blending for perfume. One friend says it reminds her aromatically, of our Oud. At first I couldn’t see the similarities, but in the drydown, the resemblance is there.
BLENDS WITH: Orange, Lemon, and other Citrus Oils, Frankincense, Neroli, Patchouli, and Sandalwood.
WARNING: Possible sensitizer. Those sensitized to Peru Balsam should avoid use on the skin. Also, a photosensitizer, avoid exposure to ultraviolet light when wearing Opopanax.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 3 to 4 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.