Pure High-Quality Tragacanth Gum.
Natural high purity Tragacanth Gum powder. Tragacanth is a natural gum obtained from the dried sap of several species of Astragalus which are also known under the common names “Goat’s Thorn” and “Locoweed”. Tragacanth gum is sometimes called Shiraz gum, shiraz, gum elect or gum dragon.
Gum tragacanth is a viscous, tasteless, odourless, water-soluble mixture of natural polysaccharides obtained from dehydrated sap of the roots. The gum mainly consists of tragacanthin, a highly water-soluble, mucilaginous colloid that swells in water to form a gel.
Gum tragacanth is also used in incense-making as a binder to hold all the powdered herbs together. Its water solubility is ideal for ease of working and an even spread, and it is one of the stronger gums for holding particles in suspension. Compared to Gum Arabic, only half as much is needed
- Tragacanth gum has been used historically as a herbal remedy taken internally (dissolved in plenty of fluid) and topically with various applications.
- In the Middle East, gum tragacanth is used in paper marbling (a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce colourful patterns).
- It is used as an ingredient in foods as a natural emulsifier, thickener and stabilizer.
- Gum tragacanth is also used to make a paste used in sugarcraft to create decorations for cakes. It is suitable for very fine, delicate work.
- As a natural glue for arts and crafts.
- The gum is used in leatherworking as an edge slicking and burnishing composite.
- Gum tragacanth is also used in incense-making as a binder to hold all the powdered herbs together. Only half as much gum powder is needed when compared to Gum Arabic.