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Storax Bark, Turkey
Form: Inner bark pieces
Unit size: 1 ounce
Other names: Stacte, Styrax, Liquid-Amber, Oriental sweetgum, Turkish sweetgum
Esoteric Uses: Concentration, will, strength, alertness
Esoteric Associations: Mercury, Air
Incense Aroma: A very complex, rich, deep, balsam like, thick and spicy aroma.
Storax is called for in many Medieval and Ancient recipes. It is usually associated with Mercury, although some say it has a more Earthy aroma. This is rare and high quality Turkish Storax bark, which has a stronger aroma than the American variety (Liquidambar styraciflua). This is most likely what was used in Ancient recipes when Storax Bark was called for.
The harvest of the sap and the preparation of the oil involve quite strenuous tasks lasting from May to November and consisting of several separate phases. The thick sap is obtained in the period June–September by gradually stripping ¼ of the total trunk lengthwise. While wounding the trunk sap emerges, which can be stimulated by tapping the trunk. The sap is scraped from the wounded tree trunks using the sharp edge of plastic bottles. This is put in boiling water to soften, then pressed out. The styrax is then diluted with ¼ water, keeping it soft and preserving its aroma. By steam distillation a light yellow oil is obtained, which can be used for medical applications.
In English, this oil is known under several names, shortly as Storax to include all sweetgum oils, or as Styrax Levant, Asiatic Storax, Balsam Storax, Liquid Storax, Oriental Sweetgum Oil, or Turkish Sweetgum Oil. Diluted with a suitable carrier oil, it is used externally in traditional medicine for abrasions, anxiety, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, cuts, ringworm, scabies, stress-related conditions and wounds.
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Posted by Zep Tepi on 23rd Sep 2013
Very Nice, I have never had Storax bark this is my first time. My teacher who is a very gifted magician said I needed it to make a very ancient and rare incense that can't be found anywhere she said get the best ingredients you can use this bark or the liquid I used both Very Very Nice!!!!