Opopanax resin is collected from the Commiphora guidottii tree native to Somalia, Kenya, and E. Ethiopia. Opopanax comes from the same botanical family as Myrrh, COmmiphora but is a diffrent species. Opopanaz comes form the species guidotti. Opopanax is referred to as Sweet Myrrh because its fragrance is soft and quite fragrantly beautiful, where as Myrrh is bitter and quite pungent.
I love this resin because of its uniqueness and use in the energetic realm. Opoponax is so very effective for energetic protectin and to use when one is hit with negative energies. It is wonderful used in ceremony and in meditation especially combined with Boswellia payrifera to assist the psyche in openeing up and receive information.
In Kenya, the resin was used to treat snakebites and repel parasites. IT is great for the skinand it is also offers minor antiinflammatory properties. It has also been known to assist with respiratiory issues just as the esential oil does.
About Stillpoint Resins: Did you know that even resins are prone to adulteration? Yes, they can be!!! The way resins are adulterated is by the addition of plastic! Here at Stillpoint we only source the purest resins available that are ethically harvested or wild harvested. When a resin is wild harvested that means the resin has not been manually removed from the tree, but has fallen off after a wild animal has brushed up against the tree. Our resins are organic and/or wild harvested and are of the highest vibration.
How to Burn Resins: Light the charcoal with matches or lighter for about 20 seconds until it self-ignites. Use tongs to hold it up (never hold it with your fingers alone or you might get burned). Place the lit charcoal in a bowl or any incense burner. The bowl or incense burner should be filled with sand or dirt. Let the charcoal warm for a few minutes. (It turns gray around the edges when it is ready) Now you are ready! Add a small amount of resin on top of the charcoal. The resin will burn and soon release essential, aromatic oils through the smoke. Continue to place resins or powder on charcoal as they burn out and smoke decreases for a continuous burn.