Description: This large semi-deciduous tree is one of the most important hardwood timber species in India and Nepal. It is a sprawling species, quickly taking over any area in which it grows. The tree yields either a transparent whitish or solid brownish oleoresin, which is highly prized for incense use. The resin is also used as a sealant for caulking boats. The tree is an object of worship for Buddhist and Hindus in India.
In Malaysia the word dammar means "light." In Germany the resin is also known as "cat-eye" resin for its powerful refractive properties.
Threatened Species Alert: Status: Tree banned for felling, transportation, or export in Nepal. See Cropwatch.
Synonyms: Shorea robusta, Sal tree, Cat-eye resin
Origin: India, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia
Parts Used: resin
Aroma Description: lemony, light, ethereal
Cosmetic Uses: a butter is processed from the fruit kernels and widely used in cosmetics of India
Culinary Uses: the seeds and leaves are used for animal feed
Medicinal Attributes: astringent, the resin is used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, and used in ointments for skin diseases and ear infections, etc.
Element Association: Air
Planetary Association: Moon
Aromatic Note: Base to Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, though virtually odorless it's often used to adulterate Olibanum (Frankincense) oil
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