What is Tara Gum? How we Make Palo Santo Pyramids

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Transparency & Sustainability

We love when our customers want to know more about what makes us tick. We have recently been asked about the binding agent for our Palo Santo Pyramids. Thanks for asking! We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your knowledge of our company. We call that transparency!

Our binding agent is Tara gum, derived from the Tara tree, Caesalpinia spinosa, a shrub tree native to the Cordillera region of Peru and Boliva, S.A.

The tree, which tolerates harsh climates and resists most pests and pathogens, produces its fruit in the form of seed pods from April through December. The seeds are extracted from the pods and the nutritive tissue in the seed plant (endoderm) is milled into a white-yellowish, odorless powder.

The powder is soluble in hot water and produces a viscous, gelatinous substance which binds easily to the Palo Santo molido, allowing the molido to be molded into our pyramids. Tara gum is approved as a food-grade, non-toxic substance which fits THIRD EYE WOOD’s standard for safe and wholesome products.

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