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drawing of Galbanum plant

Galbanum (Ferula gummosa) is an herb from Iran, Turkey, and the Mediterranean. A gum-like material, or resin, from its stems is used to make medicine.

Galbanum might reduce swelling and help fight certain types of bacteria.

People use galbanum for wound healing, cough, digestion problems, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Is It Effective?


There is interest in using galbanum for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Is it Safe?


When taken by mouth: Galbanum is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if galbanum is safe to use as medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Galbanum is possibly safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if galbanum is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

Surgery: Galbanum might reduce blood sugar. This might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures.

Drug interactions

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.

Galbanum might lower blood sugar levels. Taking galbanum along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.

Herb interactions

Herbs and supplements that might lower blood sugar: Galbanum might lower blood sugar. Taking it with other supplements with similar effects might lower blood sugar too much. Examples of supplements with this effect include aloe, bitter melon, cassia cinnamon, chromium, and prickly pear cactus.

Food interactions

There are no known interactions with foods.


There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of galbanum might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Other names

Barijeh, Ferula galbaniflua, Ferula gummosa, Férule Gommeuse, Gálbano, Galbanum Gum, Galbanum Gum Resin, Galbanum Oleogum Resin, Galbanum Oleoresin, Galbanum Resin, Oléorésine de Galbanum, Résine de Galbanum.


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