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9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Galbanum Oil

Galbanum is a sticky gum resin coming from plants in the Apiaceae family. This Galbanum oil is known to have so many health benefits. In this article, we will talk about some of the health benefits of Galbanum oil.

9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Galbanum Oil

9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Galbanum Oil

Galbanum comes from plants in the Apiaceae family. Parsley, carrots, and celery are some other family members of this family. The Galbanum plant seems to have originated in Iran, however, it grows in many other places. Galbanum is a brownish-yellow, sticky gum resin that has a strong earthy, or woodsy scent. This distinct smell comes from Terpenes like pinene in Galbanum. That’s the reason why it is used in many perfumes, incense, and colognes. Galbanum oil is made from gum resin that is steam-distilled.

Galbanum is also found in a lot of skincare products, cosmetics, and foods. Galbanum oil is also known for several medicinal benefits. Let us know about some of the health benefits of galbanum oil.

Galbanum Oil Might Help In Preventing Cancer:

Researchers ranked 264 herbal medicines, in the year 2010, for their tumor-fighting properties.(1) They particularly looked at malignant neuroblastoma in vitro.

It was found that Galbanum was the 3rd most potent extract. The author’s of the study said there should be further research of these plants and their properties of fighting cancer.

Effective In Treating Arthritis Pain:

Galbanum oil might be effective on arthritis pain.

In the year 2016, a controlled clinical trial compared the efficacy of Galbanum oil and Diclofenac gel.(2) Diclofenac is an OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID that is used for treating arthritis joint pain.

This was a small trial, which took only 32 participants, and all of them had chronic knee pain. The participants were divided into two equal groups, however, the researchers did not include a placebo group. Topical treatments were given thrice a day for 30 days.

The results of the group regarding stiffness, pain, and physical function over a 2-month follow-up period were then compared to the results from the OTC drug diclofenac gel.

The authors of this study mentioned that because of the lesser side effects of Galbanum, it might be a better choice than Diclofenac, at least in the short-term. More and larger studies are required for confirming this finding.

Skin Health Benefits:

Galbanum oil has got several skin health benefits. Many combinations of essential oils are used in treating abscesses, blisters, acne, boils, inflammation, cuts, and wounds.

As per a review published in the year 2017, the effectiveness of essential oils is quite unclear.(3) The effectiveness and toxic side effects must be addressed in future studies.

Research has suggested that Galbanum, fennel, and rosemary oils might be beneficial in treating several infectious diseases, such as MSSA or Methicillin-susceptible S. aureus and MRSA or Methicillin-resistant S. aureus. Out of these three oils, Galbanum oil was found to have the best antimicrobial activity.

The 2010 study was further supported by a pharmaceutical company.(4)

The pinene present in Galbanum is known for its growth-inhibitory activity. Pinene is a common monoterpenoid that is emitted from many aromatic plants, including various forest trees.

It Is A Good Decongestant:

Galbanum oil is a good decongestant and is also known to be specifically efficient in clearing the blockage resulting due to bronchitis. Moreover, it also clears congestion within the nasal tracts, trachea, bronchi, pharynx, larynx, and lungs. This makes breathing easier and thus helping ensure good sleep when you are suffering from a cold, cough, or bronchitis.

Benefits of Galbanum Oil in Healing Wounds Faster:

Galbanum oil is extremely effective in healing wounds. This oil boosts the crowding of blood platelets and leukocytes at the injured site of the body. This galbanum oil also helps in preventing microbial development in the injury area, thus helping the wound to have a faster healing.

Galbanum Oil Relieves Muscle Spasms:

The oil is especially good for treating muscular spasms. All athletes and sportsperson must pay attention to this. Galbanum oil is extremely good at relieving cramps and muscle pulls. This relaxes your muscles and nerves, and also helps in eliminating muscle spasms. Galbanum oil is also effective on other kinds of spasms, like those of the respiratory tract, nerves, and intestines.

Digestive Health Benefits of Galbanum Oil:

Galbanum oil is also known to help in proper digestion. Many people use it to treat digestive issues like diarrhea, gas, and poor appetite. However, there is not enough evidence to prove its effectiveness.

Galbanum Oil Is Good For Circulatory System:

One more health benefit of galbanum oil is that it is good for the circulatory system. The oil stimulates and also energizes the circulation of blood and also lymph within the body, thus offering you rest from the diseases arising from obstructed or improper blood circulation, such as arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

It Has Nerve Calming Effects:

One of the most essential health benefits of galbanum oil is its nerve-calming effects. Galbanum oil when combined with oils of grapefruit, rose, orange, or lemon, exhales fragrances, which soothes our nerves. Psychosomatic disorders, stress, and panic attacks can be effectively managed by Galbanum oil when combined with lotus, jasmine, cardamom, ylang-ylang, frankincense, and tuberose oils.

However, the research in regards to this property of galbanum oil is not done extensively. But, the nerve-calming effects of Galbanum oil us known to promote people struggling with agrophobia and claustrophobia.

Where To Get Galbanum Oil?

You can get Galbanum oil in various health stores or holistic pharmaceutical stores. There are many variations in ingredients, prices, and size available, and thus you should read the description completely before purchasing it.

How To Use Galbanum Oil?

Galbanum oil can be used in multiple ways. Let us take a look at some of the ways you can use galbanum oil.

  • Topical Application: Some products require to be diluted with a carrier oil. You should perform a patch test before using the galbanum oil. Rub a small amount of it inside your elbow and wait for 24 hours to 48 hours. Discontinue the use if you have any reaction. If you do not have any reaction, follow the package directions.
  • Dilute and Inhale: Dilute as instructed by the chemist or your doctor and enjoy the aromatherapy while meditating, bathing, or anytime you want to relax.
  • Diffuse: Follow the directions of essential oil and diffuser for breathing in the “green” aroma of Galbanum.

Special Precautions and Warnings:

When applied to the skin directly, galbanum oil usually seems to be safe. It is also safe if you take in your diet. However, there is not enough information available to know if galbanum is safe to take by mouth in medicinal amounts, which are usually larger.

There are special precautions and warnings while taking galbanum. Taking larger medicinal amounts of Galbanum must be avoided if you are pregnant or breastfeeding since there is not enough evidence about its safety in this regard.

Final Words:

So, we read that Galbanum oil is very much beneficial for our health. It not only has a lot of medicinal properties, but is also used in preparing cosmetics, perfumes, and foods. Generally, Galbanum oil appears to be safe to use. However, you should always talk to your doctor before adding it as a dietary supplement or before using the oil on your injured skin for faster healing of the wound.


Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 23, 2022

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