Guggul - Commiphora mukul
- from India (a.k.a common myrrh, false myrrh, bdellium, guggulu, guggul).
A relative of the African myrrh tree, Guggul is a soft golden brown myrrh gum resin. An exudate from a small scrubby tree or shrub that's found in the central regions of India, it's less bitter in aroma than the hard bisabol type myrrhs from Africa and Arabia.
Guggul has a warm, slightly sweet, balsamic, herbaceous, and earthy aroma with hints of vanilla. It's our preferred myrrh-type resin for many of our own incense mixtures.
Well known and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, Guggul or Common Myrrh is said to rejuvenate oneself, increasing ones energy and providing an overall feeling of well being. It purifies the air and cleanses the body. Scientific research indicates that common myrrh reduces pain and inflammation and has calming effects. It's used as incense in India in the evening to relax before retiring.
Synonyms: Common myrrh, bdellium, guggulu, guggu
Parts Used: oleo gum resin
Aroma Description: warm, earthy, balsamic, bitter, sweet, slightly spicy, pungent, hint of vanilla
Emotional Attributes: strengthening, cleansing/purifying, relaxing, meditation, sensuous, sleep
Cosmetic Uses: used in perfumery, aromatherapy; shampoos, skin creams, lotions, etc.
Culinary Uses: no modern uses known
Medicinal Attributes: astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant and strong painkilling properties. Found in Chinese medical texts since AD600 and extensively used in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently found to contain unique saponins, known as guggulipid, which lower cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory effects for treating arthritis.
Used since early history to treat wounds, bronchial and digestive disorders, gum disease, throat infections, candida, menstrual and circulatory problems, etc.
Element Association: Water
Magical Associations: healing, spirituality, protection
Astrological Association: Cancer, Scorpio, Aquarius, Virgo, Taurus
Planetary Association: Moon
Season: Autumn, Winter
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam and hydro distilled. A resinoid is also made through alcohol and/or solvent extraction.
Mixes Well With: benzoin, calamus, cassia, cinnamon, cloves, dammar, dragon's blood, elemi, frankincense, galangal, galbanum, iris root, lavender, myrrh, oakmoss, onycha, opoponax, rose, sandarac, spikenard, star anise, storax, etc.
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