By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is galbanum used for?

Galbanum is a gum-like material (resin) from the roots and trunk of a tree. It is used to make medicine.

People take galbanum for digestion problems, intestinal gas (flatulence), poor appetite, cough, and spasms.

Galbanum is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how galbanum works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, it is known that galbanum might help fight certain types of bacteria.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using galbanum?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of galbanum or other medications or other herbs.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herb are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herb must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is galbanum?

Galbanum seems safe for use when applied directly to the skin. It is also safe when taken in food amounts. But there isn’t enough information available to know if it is safe to take galbanum by mouth in medicinal amounts, which are typically larger.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Galbanum seems safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from galbanum?

If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with galbanum?

Galbanum may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using.


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for galbanum?

The dose for galbanum may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does galbanum come in?

Galbanum may be available in the following forms:

  • Galbanum essential oil

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 8, 2018 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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