Sandarac Resin Tears-For perfume, Incense & traditional arts-Tunisia-Tetraclinis articulata. Sandarach-Sandaroosh-سندروس

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Sandarac resin-Delicate Citrine/ Golden tears for Incense, perfume and traditional medicine. Tetraclinis articulata. Tunisia.

Sandrac, or Sandarach, is referred to in many ancient formularies. it is still used in Islamic, Persian and Unani traditional medicine and goes by the name of Sandaroosh-سندروس-in Arabic

Sandarac has been used for centuries as an incense ingredient and is the base …

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Sandarac resin-Delicate Citrine/ Golden tears for Incense, perfume and traditional medicine. Tetraclinis articulata. Tunisia.

Sandrac, or Sandarach, is referred to in many ancient formularies. it is still used in Islamic, Persian and Unani traditional medicine and goes by the name of Sandaroosh-سندروس-in Arabic

Sandarac has been used for centuries as an incense ingredient and is the base material for traditional varnishes used in fine woodworking and finishing handcrafted musical instruments. In antiquity, it was used in the production of finishes for oil paintings and is still used today in the preparation of Laquers for Lutes.

Until the development of petroleum products and distillates, plant resins were the main material used to preserve and finish wood products and oil paintings. This ancient art is being revived and one can find formulas for lacquers and varnishes, both ancient and modern online for finishing handcrafted wood instruments and as a coating for metalwork and other handcrafted items.

Scribes have used Sandarac resin since antiquity to seal and “Size” parchment and prepare it to accept the ink uniformly. Often it was ground fine with pumice stone or cuttlefish bone for this purpose

Similar looking to Cypress, Eastern Cedar and Juniper trees, Tetraclinis articulata also goes by the name of “Arar”, Thyine and Citronwood.

Yielding a beautiful wood with fine grain and a delicate Citrus aroma, the Sandarac tree, (Citron), is one of the few conifers mentioned in the Bible; Revelation 18:12 refers to “cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble”.

In Morocco, a whole craft industry is built around the wood of the Sandarac tree. The trees are “Coppiced” regularly which stimulates new growth, assuring ongoing sustainability of the industry. Coppicing, ( cutting back the tree to its main trunk), allows the roots of the trees to continue undisturbed for many decades, (even hundreds of years). The roots develop unique burls full of “Eyes” underground and are much sought after for carving.

The name, “Citronwood” echoes the beautiful Citrine colour of its resin tears and the sweet aroma of the burned tears has tangy notes of citrus zest reminiscent of Frankincense and Mastic of Chios for which it has sometimes been substituted.

It is thought by some, that Sandarac is the “Gold” mentioned along with Frankincense and Myrrh which were brought as gifts to the baby Jesus.

There is also a theory that the Gold was Benzoin resin, but I believe Sandarac is much more likely since it was traded through the Mediterranean at that time and Benzoin was only traded in the area after Islam took root in Asia and brought Luban Jawi, or Java Frankincense back to the Arabian world in the 6th Century AD.

A pure oleoresin with no water-soluble gum content, Sandarac is impervious to water and dissolves in alcohol and warm oils. It emits little fragrance at room temperature, but once heated on the coal, it reveals beautiful character and depth of aroma.

I hear a fixative and aromatic perfume tincture can be made by macerating the raw oleoresin in alcohol.

Essential oil can be distilled from the resin, albeit with a relatively low yield compared to other aromatic oleoresins. I am itching to distil it!! So keep your eye open if this rare essential oil piques your curiosity.

Sandarac is truly a classic resin and one we have been trading and using for thousands of years.

Dan

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oleoresin, Sandarac, Tetraclinis articulata

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  1. Elinore Lueilwitz

    Elinore Lueilwitz

    It's sooo beautiful ❤️smells wonderful 💞 wonderful for meditations💞

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  2. Lucy Orn

    Lucy Orn

    Great incense resin. Nice packaging/labeling. Thanks.

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  5. Jordyn Nitzsche

    Jordyn Nitzsche

    great quality work for intended usage!

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  7. Derrick Wolf

    Derrick Wolf

    Notes of pine, rosin, butter, and propolis. Fresh and fragrant – like all the other resins from this shop

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  8. Derrick Wolf

    Derrick Wolf

    Best sandarac I have ever smelled. Thick, warm and rich like honey

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  9. Sarah Kshlerin

    Sarah Kshlerin

    Beautiful sandarac resin, smells amazing and beautifully packaged. You just can’t go wrong here.

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  10. Elsa Will

    Elsa Will

    Excellent, comme toujours j'adore. Merci.

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  13. Candice Willms

    Candice Willms

    The quality of the resins from Apothecary's Garden is superb, and each is exquisite in its own right. The items received always match the shop description, and more than meet my expectations. The service is also excellent, with fast shipping to Australia. An exceptional experience all round, and I'll be back for more.

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  14. Coralie Dicki

    Coralie Dicki

    I am new to using resins so I’m not able to comment on the complexities or make comparisons but, I absolutely LOVE EVERYTHING I have purchased from this shop. I ordered a variety of resins to try out and each one has had a gorgeous fragrance profile! The quality is clearly TOP NOTCH and Dan’s passion for his business really shines through in all of his sourcing, his product offerings, his listing descriptions, in everything, really! Dan is very knowledgeable and has been very helpful and kind when I’ve reached out to him. I’ve already placed a second order and will be a lifelong customer!

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    Bianka Schultz

    Exactly what I wanted shipped very fast.

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  16. Kailey Luettgen

    Kailey Luettgen

    A Very Interesting Resin, Indeed. Looking Forward To Testing It Out in Making all Natural Varnishes and also exploring its medicinal qualities

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  19. Jordy Langosh

    Jordy Langosh

    Gorgeous scent! Packaged carefully, shipped quickly. Great shop!

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  23. Marisa Buckridge

    Marisa Buckridge

    This is colorful; beautifully golden.

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