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StoraxStorax
This aromatic resin shows a somewhat Mercurial aspect by working well as a menstruum (solvent) for other scents, but it is heavy and dark compared to menstrua like alcohol and has a strong Earth aspect. Some claim it is the same thing as benzoin, but they are two completely different resins.  Perhaps because of its watery nature, it is connected to the Moon, as in this recipe for Moon incense. It is also mentioned quite a bit in Agrippa's Images of the Mansions of the Moon, and it is the perfume associated with Hod in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Top

Refined Honduran Storax from El Salvador--a thick, brown liquid with a very strong scent. It has a spiciness as well as a Moon-like coldness to it when it is raw, but when it burns, it changes character completely, becoming sweet and almost rose-like, something like palmarosa. I can see why some people think styrax and benzoin are the same thing--their scents are similar. You can make this resin runnier and thus easier to mix with other ingredients by warming it slightly (but remember, this stuff is flammable). You can get it off your hands with Orange Goop or Lava. You can remove it from glass with oil or orange solvent. Claims that storax can cause sensitization are generally referring to Turkish or Asiatic storax, which comes from a different species. Top

Medicinally, this resin was once used as an expectorant in tiny amounts, and it was combined with fat to rub on skin diseases.  It was often used to mask the bitter taste of alkaloids in pills.  The scent is considered mind-clearing and helps stop pain. In traditional Chinese medicine it is combined with musk, cloves, and benzoin to help bring someone back from coma. It also has the reputation of being an aphrodisiac. Top

This resin combines well with bay leaf, cardamom, carnation, cinnamon, clove, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, nutmeg, orange, rose, and ylang ylang. Use only a tiny bit and dilute it well. It is also known as styrax and sweet oriental gum. Top

 

Refined Honduran Storax
20 g in jar $24.00

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Elemental Magic (Earth)
Incense of Mercury & Moon
Kabbalah Incense

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MOON INCENSE

Storax, Poppy Seed, Aloeswood, Benzoin, Coriander Seed, Thyme, White Lily Petals, White Rose Petals, and Cinnamon.