- What other names is Storax known by?
- What is Storax?
- How does Storax work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Storax.
Storax is obtained by scoring the bark of the tree in early summer and stripping the bark later, perhaps as late as autumn. The bark is pressed in cold water, alternating with boiling water, and the crude liquid storax is collected. Storax is considered to be similar to Peru balsam in its effects.
People take storax for cancer, coughs, colds, diarrhea, epilepsy, sore throats, and parasitic infections.
Storax is sometimes applied directly to the skin to protect wounds, or to treat ulcers and scabies. Storax is an ingredient in Compound Benzoin Tincture.
As an inhalant, storax is placed in a vaporizer and used to treat coughs and bronchitis.
In foods, storax is used as a flavoring or fixative.
In manufacturing, storax is used as a fragrance or fixative in soaps and perfumes. Storax is also used to kill bugs (as a fumigant). It is also used for preparing slides for examination under a microscope.
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- Parasitic infections.
- Sore throats.
- Ulcers, when applied to the skin.
- Wound protection, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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diarrhea and rash.
Do not take large amounts by mouth or apply large amounts to open wounds. This can cause serious side effects including kidney damage.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of storax during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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