Sandarac gum resin - Tetraclinis articulata - from Morocco. Sandarac, also known as avar tree, has a wonderful warm, light, fruity, balsamic, frankincense-like fragrance.
Sandarac is still used today to make liquor. In Morocco it is steeped in folk medicine and is used as a remedy if childbirth becomes difficult. It has a calming effect and reduces cramps. In Arabian countries sandarac is still burned to treat colds. People also take the resin internally to treat roundworms and tapeworms.
During the days of Jesus, sandarac was known as "gold" and is considered by some to be the gold gift to the infant Jesus.
Sandarac's warm balsamic fragrance works well in the evenings. It relaxes, calms and eases tension. It is helpful in cases of insomnia caused by tension or stress. Sandarac is cleansing, strengthening and clarifying.
Synonyms: Callitris quadrivalvis, avar tree, mistakenly called juniper gum
Origin: northwestern Africa; principally Morocco and Algeria, also found in Spain and Australia
Parts Used: resin
Aroma Description: fresh, warm, light, resinous, balsamic, slightly fruity, frankincense-like
Emotional Attributes: relaxing, strengthening, helps with sleep
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; very good fixative properties
Culinary Uses: used to flavor liqueurs
Medicinal Attributes: used as a remedy in North Africa if birth becomes difficult, to reduce cramps, stomachaches, colds and catarrh. Also used to treat roundworms and tapeworms
Element Association: Water
Magical Associations: healing, spirituality, dreams, friendship
Astrological Association: Cancer
Planetary Association: Moon
Season: Spring, Autumn
Aromatic Note: Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled oil from the resin is made, though it can often be difficult to find. An essential oil is also made from the leaves and bark of the tree, though these are more rare than the essential oil made from the resin. Threatened Species Alert: Status: "Lower Risk, Near Threatened." The 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species now includes this species. See IUCN.
Mixes Well With: burgundy pitch, cedar, frankincense, guggul, lemongrass, mastic, myrrh, opoponax, pine, rose, saffron, sandalwood, copaiba and Peru balsams, etc.
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