Sweet myrrh- also known as opopanax- essential oil is distilled from a species closely related to the more well-known myrrh, Commiphora myrrha, but with a sweeter, softer character. The sweetly woody, balsamic distillate has been a constituent of incense and perfumes since biblical times. Some claim that this is the myrrh to which the Song of Solomon referred. It has found aromatic applications outside of perfumery, in cases of stress, depression, minor pain, inflammation, skin issues, and in respiratory complaints. The effects are peaceful, calming, and deeply meditative.