Oriental Sweetgum, Storax, Styrax, Liquid Amber
Botanical: Liquidambar orientalis
The name Liquidambar is derived from the Latin word for liquid, liquidus, and the Arabic word for amber, ambar. And refers to the escaping tree resin.
English: Storax, Copalm, Gum tree, Opossum tree, Liquid Storax
Family: Hamamelidaceae - Hamamelis family
The sweetgum tree is a deciduous tree and grows up to 20 m high. Its mostly five-lobed leaves are reminiscent of maple. They turn orange to reddish in autumn. In the spring, inconspicuous small yellow-green flowers form, from which small brown rounded fruits develop
The homeland of the oriental sweetgum tree is probably the Near East.
Styrax is probably one of the four holy incenses mentioned in the Old Testament. It was also an important incense for the ancient Egyptians. In the Greek Orthodox Church it is the most important incense after incense. Medicinal use first appeared in China in the 5th century AD. mentioned.
Ingredients & Drugs:
The drug is the balm from the trunk. It is called Styrax, Storax and Storax Balsam. Scientifically Styrax crudus, Styrax liquidus, Balsamum Styracinum. The purified balm: Styrax depuratus. The balm contains cinnamic acid and its esters and styrene, storesin, styracine and a little vanillin.
Styrax has a stimulating, anti-inflammatory and expectorant effect.
In folk medicine, Styrax was used for bronchitis, heart disease, leprosy, stroke and constipation. It is used externally for scabies and as a wound healer. In cosmetics production for perfuming soaps. Styrax is a well-known incense. Charcoal that has been soaked with the balm is sold. It is also known as Styrax. Smoking has a relaxing effect, drives away negative thoughts and helps you sleep deeply.
The sweetgum tree loves moist, deep and nutrient-rich soil. This should be neutral to slightly acidic. The location should be sunny to partially shaded.
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