藤黄 Téng huáng (藤黃) Gamboge saffron/mustard yellow herbal colour used to dye Buddhist monks’ robes, normally comes from Garcinia tree which is also where the delicious mangosteen fruit comes from!  A hole is made in the tree bark and the sticky yellow resin used to make the colour flows out.
The best Gamboge saffron/mustard yellow was historically from Vietnam and so also called Yue Huang 月黄 (Vietnam Yellow), though also produced by Cambodia and Thailand.
Gamboge is also a traditional ingredient in Chinese medicine – but for external use only as it is poisonous and must not be taken internally.

GHS Statements

GHS06-2: Toxic
Signal word: Danger

Hazard designation

  • H301: Toxic if swallowed.

Safety Information

  • P264: Wash … thoroughly after handling..
  • P270: Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
  • P301+P310: IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor.

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