comes from a tree grown in Sumatra, where people can trace back
their management of the same area of forest for ten generations.
They carefully replant and tend their patch of trees, and their
"farmlands" look like natural forests, not plantations.
Since this tree takes 15 years to begin producing the resin,
in the meantime they grow coffee or other smaller trees around it. In
damar resin is used to caulk boats, to waterproof low-fired pottery,
and for torches, a traditional way of scaring off marauding
elephants (so you know you need it to keep those pesky elephants
out of your garden). It is used medicinally, and because it
melts at low temperatures, it makes an excellent sealing wax of
the medieval type when combined with beeswax (2/3s beeswax and
1/3 resin). I have light damar, which
is pale yellow and has a light and clean fragrance. To my mind,
this is an Air
scent, but its many uses in connection with Fire give validity to the
argument that it is good for Fire Magick.
1 oz. $4.50
in Witchcraft & Magic:
Magic (Air, Fire)
2006, 2018 Harold A. Roth; No reproduction without permission