Omumbunguis a hard, marbled gold to brown tree resin obtained from a species of the Commiphora genus. The trees are native to southern Africa. Omumbungu is one of various species commonly referred to as the "Tree of the Hyena". Hyenas are generally associated with witchcraft, cannibalism and various criminal activities. The Himba people believe that the tree is not suitable for perfume (unlike Omumbiri) and believe it has evil properties. The resin burns in the typical Commiphora style, blackening at the end. We generally have found that the best way to use Myrrh resins is to heat them indirectly. The aroma released from heating Omumbungu is reminiscent of Omumbiri, however with a resinous and earthy scent containing notes of citrus, paraffin wax and alcohol. Myrrh resins are generally associated with the Water element along with the Moon as its celestial body. We feel that Earth and Saturn may be more fitting respectively for this little researched incense.
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