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Storax

 

the balsam secreted from the injured bark of the Liquidambar orientalis—a tree native to Asia Minor and belonging to the family Hamamelidaceae. Storax is a thick, grayish brown, opaque liquid with a pleasant fragrance. It is soluble in alcohol and consists of resin alcohols, esters, cinnamic acid, vanillin, and styrene. Storax is used in medical practice (as an antiseptic and inhalation), in perfumery, and in soap production. The balsam obtained from the sweet gum (L. styraciflua) has similar properties.