Sal Resin (aka. Shala Tree)is a hard, grayish off-white resin obtained from the Shorea genus that could easily fool novices into believing that it is a form of Boswellia(Frankincense). The Sal tree is native to India and Nepal, where it has a rich history in the spiritual traditions of the inhabitants. It is said to be the favorite tree of Vishnu, that the Buddha was born under the Sal, and that the Jains Mahavira received enlightenment under its branches. Sal is also an important incense used in various Hindu ceremonies. The resin smolders similarly to that of most frankincense resins, having a charcoaled marshmallow effect at the end of the burn cycle typical of Boswellia resins. The smoke produced by Sal reminds us of Boswellia papyrifera, but earthier with hints of a spicy musk. It is associated with the Earth element and Saturn is thought to be its celestial body.
We are currently not aware of any additional binomial terms for Shorea robusta.
Shorea robusta is native to India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Arbre à sal (French),
Ashvakarna (Sanskrit), Attam (Tamil), Balau jaune (French), Bangkirai (Malay/Borneo),
Chiraparna (Sanskrit), Common Sal, Damar Laut (Malay/Indonesia), Dammala
(Sinhalese), Dammar de l'Inde (French), Enkhyen
(Burmese), Gugal (Telugu), Guggilamu (Telugu), Guggilu
(Marathi), Indian Dammer, Jall (Hindi), Ral (Gujarati/Urdu), Rala
(Marathi), Sagua (Oriya), Sakher (Bengali), Sakhu
(Bengali), Sakhuvaa (Nepalese/Sakwa), Sal
(Assamese/Benagli/French/Hindi/Nepalese/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit), Сал Sal
Sal Tree, Salharzbaum
(German), Sala (Sanskrit), Саловое дерево Salovoe derevo (Russian), Saluva (Telugu), Salwa
(Bengali/Hindi/Oriya), サラ樹 Sara noki (Japanese), Sarjmu (Telugu), Sarja
(Sanskrit), Sekwa (Oriya), Selangan Batu (Malay/Sabah), Selangan Batu Kumus (Malay),
Seral (Punjabi), スランガン Serangan batsuu (Japanese), Shal
(Hindi), Shalam (Tamil), 沙羅双樹の樹
Shara noki (Japanese),
мощная Shoreia moshchnaia
(Russian), 桫椤爽 Suo luo shuang (Chinese), 桫椤爽舒 Suo
luo shuang shu (Chinese), Yellow Balau
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