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A liquid balsam obtained from the wood and inner bark of Liquidamber orientalis, a tree of Asia Minor, or L. styraciflua (family Hamamelidaceae); has been used in the treatment of chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes, and externally for scabies.
Synonym(s): styrax
[G. styrax, a sweet-smelling gum]


1. A brownish aromatic resin used in perfume and medicine and obtained from any of several trees of the genus Liquidambar, especially L. orientalis, of Turkey. Also called styrax.
a. See snowbell.
b. An aromatic resin obtained from a Mediterranean species of snowbell. Also called styrax.


A balsam obtained from the scarred trunk of Liquidambar orientalis. It is a component of tincture of benzoin and has been used as an expectorant.

storax (stōrˑ·aks),

n Latin name:
Liquidambar orientalis; parts used: bark, gum, leaves; uses: diuretic, expectorant, diarrhea, sore throat, possible antibacterial properties; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children. Also called
alligator tree, star-leaved gum, sweet gum tree, balsam styracis, liquid amber, opossum tree, red gum, or
white gum.
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In 1839, Eduard Simon, a German apothecary was attempting to separate the components of storax obtained from the Liquiambar orientalis tree by distillation.
In 1995, exporting a number of species, such as storax, bulbs of some natural plants, and species of Orchidaceous in every form, were prohibited by the Export Regime Decision of 1995 (Ozugurlu and Duzgun 2000).
I will first cite from the former, Ecclesiastes 24:20-21: "Sicut cinnamomum et balsamum aromatizans odorem dedi, / quasi myrrha electa dedi suavitatem odoris; / et quasi storax, et galbanus, et ungula, et gutta, / et quasi Libanus non incisus vaporavi habitationem meam / et quasi balsamum non mistum odor meus"; and, then, 39:17-19: "In voce dicit: Obaudite me, divini fructus, / et quasi rosa plantata super rivos aquarum fructificate.
As for the red hot rod, the avatar must have surreptitiously washed out his mouth with heat-absorbing liquid storax, a moment before performing the trick.