Myrrh is mentioned in the Bible (Psalm 45:8; Song of Solomon 4:14) and is believed to have been a mixture of myrrh and the oleoresin labdanum. One of the three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:11) was myrrh. Myrrh gum resin was also used as a stimulant tonic and is even used today as an antiseptic in mouthwashes as well as to treat sore gums and teeth.
First prodtuct from Cistus Creticus: labdanum resin - labdanum gum.
Cistus Creticus - Cistus Incanus Creticus
Synonymous: labdanum, labdanum resin, labdanum gun, Cistus gum,Rock Rose resin, Sun Rose resin
Gum Labdanum resin -Cistus Incanus Creticus (Cistus villosus var. creticus) - from Northern Crete. The fragrance of Labdanum is very complex. This waxy resin produces a balsamlike, woody, earthy, marshy, smoky, ambergrislike, leathery, flowery, honeylike, mintlike fragrance with hints of plum or oakmoss after a rain.
Labdanum has fascinated people for many centuries. It is said to reach deep into our subconscious and bring back memories, pictures, feelings and moods.
Goats with labdanum
Labdanum originates from the rockrose bush, which emits a resinous dark brown mass from its leaves and twigs. To this day it is still gathered by driving goats into the thick forests overgrown with labdanum bushes. The goats eat their fill from the branches and the sticky resin gets stuck on their beards. When they return, their owners carefully comb the resin our of their beards. Also used is a rakelike instrument with long strips of leather attached to it, which they drag across the bushes to collect the resin.
Labdanum strengthens the body and provides warmth and sensuality. It is very grounding.
The Japanese use Labdanum in their Neriko mixtures, which are used during tea ceremony. Egyptians used it in their Kyphi mixtures and the Hebrews burned it in their temples. Today the perfume industry uses labdanum to add a note of moss and leather to its products.
Labdanum is an excellent medium for making fragrant incense pellets. Family: Cistaceae
Origin:Northern Crete (only place with tradisional way).
Parts Used: oleo gum resin
Aroma Description: very complex - rich, balsamic, woody, earthy, marshy, smoky, ambergris, leathery, sweet, flowery, honey, mint fragrance with hints of plum or oak moss after a rain.
Emotional Attributes: strengthening, creativity, relaxation, meditation, sensuous, love