Galbanum plant - Ferula Gummosa syn. F. Galbaniflua (Apiaceae)

Medicinal Use of Galbanum – Ferula Gummosa syn. F. Galbaniflua (Apiaceae)


Perennial with a smooth, hollow stem, finely toothed compound leaves, and umbels of small yellow flowers.

Habitat & Cultivation

Native to central Asia, galbanum produces a gum that is obtained when stems are cut off and successive slices are made through the roots. Gum wells to the surface and is collected after it has hardened.

Part Used



Galbanum exudate contains a volatile oil, resins, gums, as well as a coumarin (umbelliferone).

History & Folklore

Galbanum has been used medicinally for centuries.

Medicinal Actions & Uses

Galbanum is a digestive stimulant and antispasmodic, reducing flatulence, cramps, and colic. It is also expectorant. Applied as an ointment, the gum may help heal wounds.

Related Species

See asafoetida (F. assa-foetida).