Galbanum Essential Oils

Galbanum essential oils have a thin consistency with an aroma that has been described as strong, balsamic, woody, and spicy. They are derived through steam distillation from the resin of the plant and have been used since ancient times of Greek and Roman civilizations as perfumes, skin balms, bathwater additives, and burned as incense. Though the plant is native to Iran and other countries surrounding it, traces of the oils have been discovered in the remains of Egyptian mummies and their bandaging. It is believed that galbanum oils were used for embalming and religious ceremonies.

Overall Benefits of Galbanum Essential Oils

  • Speed up wound healing by inhibiting microbial growth
  • Useful in the treatment of muscular cramps and spasms
  • Help fade scars of pox and acne
  • Can improve blood circulation throughout the body
  • Effective remedy for abscesses, acne, and boils
  • Assist in keeping skin healthy and the rejuvenation of aging skin
  • Helpful in curing rheumatism and arthritis
  • May work to clear congestion in the lungs and nasal tract
  • Beneficial in the treatment of external and internal ulcers and healing sores

Uses for Galbanum Essential Oils

These essential oils are used frequently in aromatherapy to assist individuals recovering from depression, trauma, or shock. Other uses include the treatment of rashes, oily skin, bacterial infections, athletes foot, acne, laryngitis, cough, congestion, bronchitis, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and colds. Galbanum essential oils are said to blend well with spruce and Rose Otto, lavender, geranium, carrot seed, and resins such as frankincense.


Though no ill effects have been reported from the use of galbanum essential oils, extremely heavy doses or indiscriminate use is discouraged.