• 5ml bottle of LVNEA's galbanum essential oil on black background
  • close up of yellow galbanum flowers


  • $17.00

Galbanum is a storied herb. It is one of the sacred ingredients in the Old Testament incense mixture (Exodus 30:31). A galbanum-like ferula was used to make torches in antiquity and it is with such a torch that, according to Greek mythology, Prometheus brought fire to humanity. It was referred to as the sacred “mother resin” and is highly treasured as a sacred substance by the ancient Egyptians. Both Hippocrates and Pliny refer to it as a medicine with extraordinary curative powers. It is also associated with The Fool card in Tarot.

Galbanum essential oil is distilled from the resin collected from a number of Ferula species (big umbelliferous plants, in the same family as carrot) native to Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, etc. It is a colourless to pale-yellow, mobile liquid with an intensely green, fresh-leafy odour with a dry-woody undertone of balsamic, bark-like character, a pine-like top-note, and a woody-balsamic, soft-green tenacious undertone.

It is extensively used in perfumery and is traditionally used as a stimulant, antiseptic, expectorant, and anti-inflammatory. 

It blends well with hyacinth, violet, narcissus, lavender, gardenia, cinnamon, coumarin, cumin, geranium, oak moss, pine needle, fir needle, styrax. 

Type: green, resinous
Note: base note in perfumery
Characteristics: fresh, sharp, green, citrus, resinous
Subsidiary notes and nuances: cut green bell peppers or green apples, coniferous, pine-like, old wood, earthy, musty

Presented in a 5ml or 15ml black glass bottle with a euro dropper.

Essential oils, absolutes, and other pure plant extracts should not be applied to the skin without being properly diluted in a cosmetic carrier (such as jojoba oil, ethanol, Epsom salts, etc.) Always patch-test when using an essential oil or absolute for the first time, and research whether or not the extract you are using is skin-safe and in what quantity or that it is appropriate for its intended use. Do not ingest essential oils or apply them internally, and avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of reach of children and pets, and consult a knowledgeable health practitioner before use when pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Store in a cool and dry area.