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Description

Damar Batu is a yellowish- brown colored, stoned-shaped hard resin, obtained form a particular variety of the dipterocarp species.

The resin is obtained through collection of the hardened resin exudates, lying below the ground in fossilized form, close to the tree roots. The collected resin is then scraped using iron bristled brushes to remove mud and dirt residue and then sun dired.

Indonesia is by far the largest sources of internationally traded Damar Batu. Here it is found mainly is South Sumatra and Kalimantan. Some damar batu varieties are also obtained from Vietnam, Cambodia and laos.

Damar batu is used in the manufacture of inks, polishes, varnishes, water-resistant coatings and injection moulding materials.

In countries like India and Bangladesh, Damar Batu is used for caulking boats and baskets.

In India, Damar batu is also used as incense and sometimes as a natural mosquito repellent. It has also been used as an intermediates in the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine.

Medicinal Use

A tree resin used externally, diluted with water, as an antiseptic skin wash. Taken internally, it relieves intestinal gas and is antiseptic to the urinary tract. Take ten to twenty drops in water or tea four times a day. Put it in vaporizers or use it as an inhalant for bronchitis and laryngitis. A simple method is to place it, along with a few drops of the oils of peppermint and eucalyptus, in a bowl of boiling hot water. Put your face as close to the bowl as you can and cover your head, and the bowl, with a towel. Inhale the steam. Tincture of benzoin is often added to salves as a preservative.

Spiritual/Magical Use

An herb of purification, burned in incense to sanctify an area. The scent is also used to attract business when combined with basil, peony, or cinnamon.

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10gms, 25gms, 50gms, 100gms, 250gms

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