An indispensable ingredient in the incense industry that we cannot ignore is Litsea Powder. And the more we dig deeper, the more surprised we will be with how wonderful the uses of Litsea powder are.
The Litsea Glutinosa plant has the scientific name Litsea Glutinosa and is a plant belonging to the Camphor family. It also has many other names such as Litsea Glutinosa, red Litsea, produce, slime, cat slime…
With the characteristics of only adhesion without odor, Litsea bark and leaves (after grinding into fine powder) are used as safe glue in incense production (thanks to growing Litsea plants, many households in Gia Lai and the Central Highlands have now escaped poverty). Water is the catalyst to bind agarwood powder and Litsea acacia in a certain ratio. The color of clean agarwood incense is usually dark brown or light brown, which is also the natural color of agarwood powder. If incense has other colors, it is artificial color, or the raw wood pulp is not from the Aquilaria tree.

Litsea tree

The distribution area of ​​this tree species in our country stretches across the country from Ha Giang to Ca Mau. In addition, the tree is also distributed mainly in other tropical countries such as southern China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia.

This is a light-loving plant that grows well at forest edges, open forests, bushes, and along streams. The tree grows very strongly from roots, stems, buds and foliage if exposed to a hot and humid climate all year round.

Litsea acacia powder is a natural adhesive. This type of powder is made from the bark of the red Litsea tree, which is commonly grown in the Central Highlands, especially the provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum. With its high viscosity and adhesive properties, Litsea powder is currently being used. widely used in different fields.

Uses of Litsea powder in incense production

The Litsea plant has gluten-containing bark and wood ground into a glue powder that is used as a natural binder in the production of herbal incense sticks. Depending on each type of incense, the craftsman offers different ratios for each product. If the proportion of Litsea acacia powder is too high, it will cause the incense to go out mid-use, so quantifying this ingredient in incense production is a valuable secret.

In addition, this bark has a bitter taste that is used as a flavor to stimulate the aroma of other herbal ingredients used to produce incense. That is the reason why Litsea is one of the main ingredients to create incense sticks that people burn every day.

Other uses and applications of Litsea plant

  • Used as medicine: Roots, leaves, bark are used as medicine to reduce fever, reduce swelling, treat diarrhea, and resin. The sap has a binder used to make skin poultices. Crushed Litsea seeds are used to treat pimples.
  • Used to make candles and soap: The seeds of the Litsea plant contain up to 50% aromatic oil essence, they often press the seeds to get the oil to produce soap and scented candles.
  • Making furniture and flooring: Mature wood is moderately hard and heavy, with a yellow-brown color and a firm and dense texture. Therefore, wood is also exploited to make furniture and wooden flooring.

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