Essential oils with alpha-pinene, myrcene, delta-carene, limonene, phellandrene, fenchyl acetate, guaiol, beta-eudesmol, bulnesol, undeca-1,3,5-trienes (galbanoles), macrolides.
In perfumery and in aromatherapy.
A must have for any Egyptophile, this very green note is unique unto itself. Galbanum resonates with very strong metaphysical usage. It is aligned with the Fool in the Tarot Deck and as such, when blending symbolically, is essential for any compositions seeking to express
- Bright beginnings
- Vision Quests
Galbanum's aromatic greenness hits you as soon as you open the bottle. It retains its presence down to the dry out and in any blend will offer an overall impression of lip smacking dry-tartness. It can be compared to a dry white wine that needs to be enjoyed with simple foods so as not to disturb its intricate complexity.
Galbanum may well have a grounding effect due to its reputation in removing psychic blockages. Seems to calm erratic moods and may ease nervous tension.
May be beneficial to soften mature skins however, I would avoid using this on younger folks.
It is an emmenagogue so it is best to avoid in pregnancy. The lingering aroma can be a bit 'heady' and could induce headaches (like Ylang Ylang) as well as irritate mucous membranes.
Usually it is said to be a 'Top' note however there is a depth to this oil so I would also say it is a middle note.
With thoughts of Spring I am tempted to create a Spring synergy .
Blends well with: Citronella, Elemi, Frankincense, Jasmine, Geranium, Pine, Rose and Ylang Ylang.
External use only.
Do not use undiluted on the skin.
Keep away from children and pets.
Store away from heat and light.
Ref: The Directory of Essential OIls by Wanda Seller