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Opopanax Products

Opopanax Products

The origins Sweet Myrrh that are called Opopanax incense are shrouded in mystery. The plants described as Myrrh by the venerable Dioscorides of the first century AD maybe completely different plants to what we know today the Myrrh. Indigo Herbs has obtained a 100% pure quality Opopanax Incense that has a beautiful musky aroma that is noted for its cleansing ability while grounding the individual. Whether it is used just cleansing, religious purposes or just for the love of the smell this incense is some of the highest quality that can be bought.

The word Opopanax comes from two Greek words; the first, ‘opos’, means vegetable juice while the second ‘panax’ means cure all. It is evident from the combination of these words that the ancient Greeks gave Myrrh a more elevated status than we give it today. In the Middle East and North Africa Myrrh has been traded for at least 5,000 years with the Babylonians and Assyrians being at the forefront of trade and popularizing this incense. In ancient Egypt Myrrh has been was used in many products that were medicinal and practical; these included insect repellents, beauty products, perfume, salves for sores and for mummifying the dead. The Bible tells us that later Myrrh was used traditionally in the temples of Jerusalem and that it was considered a very expensive and revered substance. The Romans spread Myrrh throughout Europe until the rise of Christianity when all burning of incense was prohibited because it was so heavily associated in the Pagan religions. A revival of using Myrrh in the Catholic Church later occurred but the medical values were lost with the rise of modern medicine.

There are approximately 190 different species of Commiphora which are spread throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Asia which again shows the diversity of what we call Opopanax/Sweet Myrrh. Most trees/shrubs are drought tolerant and live in drier climates. The bark exfoliates and peels away exposing multi coloured layers. If the wood is wounded it will bleed resin.  

Opoponax (Sweet Myrrh) Incense Resin 25g
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Latin Name: Commiphora holtziana

  • Origin: Somalia
  • Scent: musky, balsamic, sweet base note
  • 100% pure Botanical ingredients.
  • Action: grounding, arousing, clearing, invoking
  • Tradition: African, Chinese
  • Pure Botanical resin to be burnt on a charcoal disk, to produce an aromatic smoke.
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Indigo Herbs Opoponax Incense Resin is a premium quality Commiphora holtziana resin giving a base aroma that is musky, sweet and arousing. When burned as an incense it has a heady, heavy, musky, spicy and rich physically embodying smell. It is often used as an incense to evoke, stimulate and awaken sensory perception or awareness.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the quality, manufacture and suggested use of this incense. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Also known as: Sweet Myrrh

Natural incense resins are simple and easy to use. The resins, dried leaves and woods need to be burnt to release their aromatic smoke. This smoke is a 100% pure and a great natural way to perfume a room. The resin is burnt on small charcoal disks, the disks need to be set in a heat resistant container for safety purposes. We recommend a purpose made incense burner that is made from brass.

The charcoal disk is lit and as it smoulders and turns grey the natural incense resins can be added. Additional incense can be added until the charcoal has burnt down. This incense experience is aromatic, heady and sensual. Why not bring out your inner perfume maker and enjoy blending different resins together to create the ideal aroma for an occasion. For full instructions go to our How to blend and use Incense page.

1. Take a lighter or match to a Charcoal disk, and when it is fully alight then set it safely into a charcoal disk holder, or heat resistant receptacle.

2. When the charcoal disk has turned grey and ash like, then add a couple of tears of plant resin, powder, bark or chips.

3. This plant matter will begin to smolder and release an aromatic smoke.

4. Set the lid on the charcoal burner, and enjoy the sensual experience of the aroma pervading the room.

5. Add more incense when required.  

  • Produced to GMP standards.
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs.
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.

Manufacture Process

Resin is tapped from a plant. This is done by cutting the plant stem and allowing the sap to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears.

Tapping is done 2 to 3 times a year with the final taps producing the best tears due to their higher aromatic chemical content.

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