protection. honouring deities. communion with the dead
Oft uttered as Oshek or Gum Ammoniac, Ammoniacum was originally named for its long association with the Oracle of the Temple of Amon/Amun. Produced by the plant when beetles puncture the outer membrane of its hollow stalks, the sticky + highly fragant oleo gum resin both repels future attack and seals the wound to the plant.
Scent - bright green notes, fresh, penetrating
Application - incense, perfumery, medicinal
Source - Afganistan
Correspondence - Mars
A split pea sized piece is all that is required of this resin to receive is reputed oracular functions when burnt; also beautiful when combined with majority parts Frankincense + a few Galbanum tears. Agrippa recommends gum ammoniac in his historical text as part of a Mars suffumigation including phorbium, bedellium, the roots of both hellebores, the loadstones, and a little sulphur; incorporated with the brain of a hart, the blood of a man and the blood of a black cat.
Medicinally, Ammoniacum has been used since antiquity to treat respiratory issues, excess phlegm, Asthma, chronic coughs and bronchitis and is said to soften hard tumours when applied as a poultice. It is considered a carminative, stimulating appetite and peristalsis which could be useful for the elderly. It may have a stimulating effect on the uterus and likely should not be taken during pregnancy.
Sold in 15g portions as very little is required per use.
Information offered here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions. As always, we advise you to do your own research + apply your own judgment concerning the safety and usage of any herbs or plant extracts.
HOW TO BURN
Resins will not burn on their own, they will require heat from either an oil burner or charcoal disk.
▵ using an oil burner releases much more of the true aroma of the resin than charcoal disks and also creates far less smoke. Place a piece of foil in the well of your oil burner and lay a small piece of resin on top; this prevents lots of mess and cleaning after use. Electric oil burners also work well.
▿ Never leave an oil burner un-attended. Keep out of reach of children.
▵ Fill your charcoal burner 3/4 full with sand or rocks to absorb some of the heat. Then place your burner on a heat resistant surface. Using tongs to hold the charcoal tablet, light it following the instructions provided with your charcoal. Place the hot charcoal onto the bed of sand inside your charcoal burner and allow the charcoal 5-15 minutes to fully come to temperature, indicated by a layer of ash forming on the tablet before carefully adding the desired quantity of resin to the top of the hot disk.
▿ Never leave a charcoal burner un-attended. Keep out of reach of children.