Opoponax

Scientific Names: 1. Opoponax Persicum Boiss.
2. Opoponax Hispidum (Friv.) Griseb.
Synonyms: Opoponax Orientale Boiss., Ferula Hispida Friv
English Name: Opoponax
Other Names in English:
Family: Umbelliferae

Product Details

Health Benefits
Useful for brain diseases and weak nerves. Diuretics, stone crushers, eliminate toxins and infections, and laxatives. Improves headache, cough, epilepsy, side pain caused by coldness, bloating, tremors, and catarrh. Eating 4.5g of Opoponax with warm water is emmenagogue. Improves the condition of cold and hard uterus and is useful for ague, ascites, jaundice, colic caused by phlegm, and womb bloating. Eating 2.5 grams of Opoponax with honey syrup (water+honey) improves bruising. Drinking Opoponax extract helps to cure sciatica. Drinking Opoponax extract along with vinegar is beneficial for the enlargement of the spleen. A poultice prepared from the decoction of Opoponax along with olive oil is beneficial for biting rabies.

Temperament: Third degree of warm and dry

About

Opoponax is a perennial, herbaceous plant. Its stem is about one meter high. The stem is cylindrical, covered with white cotton threads, which gives the stem a gray color. In some species it is recumbent. The leaves are simple, entire, oval, irregularly broad, rough, the sides of the leaves are serrated and very green. The flowers are yellow in the form of a compound umbrella and fragrant. Seeds are black and same size as Anise. By scratching the roots of this plant, a resin releases which gradually hardens in the air. This is Opoponax resin. It is also taken from the plant stem, but the quality of the stem resin is lower than the root gum. Its resin has bad smell. Its color is strong red, but inside is white. The taste of the gum is pungent. The best Opoponax should have a sharp and strong scent, saffron color, and white powder. It also stings the tongue, is sticky, dissolves quickly in water and vinegar, and has milky color when dissolved. There is an essential oil in the plant that is considered and used in perfumery.

Chemical Constituents

Opoponax plant contains essential and volatile oil. This essential oil contains Beta Elemene, Delta Cadinene, and Humulene. The root of Opoponax plant contains Falcarinone. The root gum of this plant contains Ferulic Acid.

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