Opoponax Essential Oil
Also known as sweet myrrh, opoponax comes from a tree in the same family that produces myrrh resin and has a somewhat similar but sweeter scent. It is ruled more by Pluto than Mars and corresponds to the sign Scorpio. Because of its mention in J.K. Huysman's novel Against the Grain, this scent has the reputation of being highly poisonous, but it is no more poisonous than myrrh. Choose it when you want to work with Plutonian forces, such as death/resurrection, digging deep into the subconscious to make great change, learning secrets, and revealing what is hidden - and thus, divination. This oil is produced by steam-distillation from Commiphora erythrea in Kenya.
Combining With Other Essential Oils
Some people note the wine-like undertone of opoponax. To me this resin is very reminiscent of myrrh soaked in red wine - very Egyptian. Its natural fragrance goes well with the scents of benzoin, bergamot, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fir needle, frankincense, geranium, heliotrope, juniper, labdanum, mandarin, olibanum, oakmoss, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, and thyme. A very few people might become allergic to this essential oil. If you tend to have sensitive skin or allergies, blend in small amounts and don't use on a regular basis.
Opoponax Essential Oil (Ethiopia)
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