Opoponax-Commiphora Guidotti-Scented Myrrh-Fair trade and sustainable co-op harvested in Somalia.

(68 customer reviews)

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Sweet, vibrant and unmistakeable , Commiphora Guidotti is the accepted Commiphora/Myrrh type used in mainstream commerce under the name Opoponax. Though there are other Commiphoras such as C. Erythrea also called Scented Myrrh and Opoponax, it is C. Guidotti that yields the Opoponax essential oil we are accustomed to.
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After a long 6 months …

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Sweet, vibrant and unmistakeable , Commiphora Guidotti is the accepted Commiphora/Myrrh type used in mainstream commerce under the name Opoponax. Though there are other Commiphoras such as C. Erythrea also called Scented Myrrh and Opoponax, it is C. Guidotti that yields the Opoponax essential oil we are accustomed to.
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After a long 6 months of setbacks, this shipment from our co-op in the Somali Puntland has finally cleared customs and is physically in the shop! Woohoo!!!
Fresh, fragrant and fair trade. What more could one ask for?

Both Commiphora Guidotti, known as “Hadi””, and Commiphora Erythrea, known in Somalia as “Hagar”, are sold as Opoponax in the West. Though they are closely related trees, their scent profiles are very different and each stands out as a unique resin with a signature scent of its own.

While Commiphora Erythrea has great depth, mystique and complexity, Commiphora Guidottti is forthright and bold, lending a bright, crisp and fresh top note to perfume and incense blends with its unmistakable zest.

After 2 years of work, this is our first shipment directly from Somalia to North America, bypassing a chain of middlemen who benefit at the expense of the harvesters. There is a nursery established to plant more trees in the wild and part of the profits from these sales find their way back to the harvester’s communities. This is a young venture, a novel approach to the traditional industry and I have high hopes for its growth and success.

Commiphora Guidotti is ruled Astrologically by the Moon as are its sisters C. Myrrha and C. Erythrea. In traditional Somali folk medicine, Opoponax is used to treat lower back pain and urinary tract issues. This is done by adding some resin the drinking water container and topping it up with fresh water when it gets low. The resin is not refreshed but left in the water for a period of days and untill the water no longer tastes or smells of the resin.. I do not know the dosage or the duration of the treatment and do not counsel anyone to try it.

Dan

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Co op harvested resins, Commiphora Guidotti, Fair trade resins, Fresh Opoponax, Somali resins, Sustainable resins

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  1. Presley Stracke

    Presley Stracke

    This is high quality stuff really has a permeating scent

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  4. Tania Torphy

    Tania Torphy

    Great light and pleasant scent, THANKS!

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  5. Ayana Dibbert

    Ayana Dibbert

    Amazing shop that I am so happy to have found. Owner was responsive and I love that I can trust the source from which his resins come from. I am also very grateful for the mass amount of information he shares on his website to further educate myself. Thank you

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  6. Fritz Ziemann

    Fritz Ziemann

    Opoponax is great! I like how it’s a sweeter myrrh, with a hint of mesquite and tobacco. Still smoky, yet deeply sweet and earthy. I’m always open to try new incense stuff and uncommon treasures! I love it! Thank you again Dan! Product is always great.

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  8. Alexzander Treutel

    Alexzander Treutel

    Livraison rapide, parfais pour mélange d'encens .

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  9. Wilburn Dare

    Wilburn Dare

    lovely stuff Jah is pleased with the sweet fragrance very fast shipping as well.. Blessings

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  10. Marietta Smith

    Marietta Smith

    A big THANK YOU to Dan and AG for giving us the opportunity to procure the finest, highest quality, rare and exotic medicinal plant products that mother nature has to
    Offer.  These Resins are bursting with pure high quality nourishment for mind, body and soul! large, chunky Opoponax nuggets rich in fragrant medicinal oils. The look, feel and smell of these Opoponax Resins!

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    Koby Hagenes

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  12. Jeffry Heidenreich

    Jeffry Heidenreich

    Hands down one of the best around. Not just on Etsy, but anywhere. Amazing plants gathered in a good way. And the best service around. Thanks, Dan!

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  14. Florencio Cronin

    Florencio Cronin

    Excellent resin and quick shipping

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  15. Katelin Kutch

    Katelin Kutch

    Very interesting. Thank you very much for filling my order so quickly!

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  16. Yvonne Konopelski

    Yvonne Konopelski

    Beautiful and interesting scent, quality is top notch

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  17. Ray Durgan

    Ray Durgan

    Glorious quality, superb service, looking forward to future dealings!

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  18. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    This was my second purchase of opoponax from Aphthecary's Garden. I am never disappointed with any product from this seller.

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