Storax was known as a spice during antiquity and as such is mentioned by Herodotus,9) Theophrastus10) and Dioscorides.11)

1) Journ. f. prakt. Chem. 64 (1855), 504. - Liebig's Annalen 95 (1855), 128.

2) Compt. rend. 41 (1855), 21.

3) Liebig's Annalen 134 (1865), 7.

4) Berl. Berichte 8 (1875), 464 and 820.

5) Ibidem 650. - Liebig's Annalen 178 (1875), 89.

6) Berl. Berichte 1 (1868), 28.

7) Ibidem 10 (1877), 187.

8) Arch, der Pharm. 235 (1897), 44.

9) Herodoti Historian!m libri. Lib. 3, 97 and 107.

10) Hehn, Kulturpflanzen und Hausthiere in ihrem Uebergang aus Asien nach Griechenland und Italien. Berlin 1877. p. 370.

11) Dioscoridis De materia medica libri quinque. Editio Kuhn-Sprengel. 1829. Vol. 1, p. 82; II, p. 375.

In mediaeval literature storax from several sources is mentioned. At times it was used medicinally.

The volatile oil of storax was distilled by Walter Ryff1 ) and Conrad Gesner.2) Storax moistened with aqua vitae (spirits) was distilled by Porta.8)