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Storax Resin, Turkish (Styrax, Liquid Amber)

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Storax Resin, Turkish (Styrax, Liquid Amber)

Liquidambar orientalis

Origin: Turkey
Form: Semi-liquid resin
Unit size: 1 ounce
Other names: Styrax, Liquid-Amber, Liquid storax, Sweetgum
Esoteric Uses: Concentration, will, strength, alertness
Esoteric Associations: Mercury, Air
Incense Aroma: A dark, husky aroma with a honey background.  This clarified storax resin smells much better burned than in its natural state.

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 resin is a semi-liquid viscous substance from the Turkish storax variety, Liquidambar orientalis. 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.

Any information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment.

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  1. The best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Oct 2019

    This stuff is amazing. Wonderful fragrance when burned in a candle flame (and would probably work well on a charcoal disk.) This is the second batch I have bought and will try and always keep a supply on hand. Somaluna is quick to ship. I will continue to do business with them.

  2. Magnificent 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2019

    This Incense is truly something special. The honey smell is so sweet.

    I had to give it 4 stars because I don't know if it lives up to all the outstanding reviews.

    I do recommend this if you can afford it. If you are new to resins, you can get a whole lot of others at the price of this one.

    Glad to have it in my collection, I do not regret buying it. Would not put it on the essential list though.

    I only burn it. A little goes a long way, I recommend using a paper clip to dip in the resin, then let it rest on the coal.

  3. Nice Addition 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jun 2019

    Vey pleasing addition to fragrances I prefer.

  4. Heavy, exotic, amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jan 2019

    This is absolutely the best Storax I have ever tried. I have this and Honduran storax, and this type is so much better. It's much warmer, headier, and deep smelling. This will be amazing in incense blends. It IS very strong, however. If you are wanting a perfume, a small drop of this is enough! It is stick as well, but the fragrance lasts forever. I love it!

  5. Liquidambar orientalis 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Nov 2017

    Nice binding agent for making incense pellets. Hints of sweet spice with light floral notes. Able to give lift to the deepest of bass tones found in other resins. Completely satisfied customer.

  6. AMAZING 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jul 2014

    This is a wonderful and exotic scent which can be used alone or with others to create a sultry yet bright incense or perfume. Really worth the cash as a little goes a long way. Excellent offertory scent.

    Shipping was fast, packaging was great. Good buy.

  7. Storax Resin 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Feb 2014

    An excellent product. Item was as described, and shipping was fast. Thank you :-)

  8. Storax Resin 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2013

    The resin is Very lovely!!! I pour it over the Storax bark and even wear the liquid as a perfume smells beautiful when the wind blos on you...However don't use too much it will blow you out of Your Shoes!!! lol

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