Sweet Myrrh Resin - Opoponax from Ogaden, Ethiopia
Sweet Myrrh - Opoponax - Commiphora erythraea
Often burned as incense, opoponax has a warm, earthy scent. It's scent is considered to be like myrrh with a warm-balsamic and sweet, honey-like aroma. The essential oil is used as a fixative in perfumery. In biblical times, opopanax was applied for minor wounds, but has since fallen out of disuse medicinally.
Hailing from the horn of Africa comes a relative of frankincense and myrrh called opoponax or sweet myrrh. Frankincense, Myrrh, and Sweet Myrrh are part of the plant family Burseraceae.
There are quite a few species that have been historically identified as opoponax, however, modern opopanax's entire production is from the Commiphora erythraea tree in Somalia.
Within the family Burseraceae lies the Genus Commipohora, which is were we find both cousins myrrh (commiphora myrrha), and sweet myrrh ( commiphora erythraea).
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