I prefer to use the powdered form of gum tragacanth instead of the
flake form, as with the powdered form , all one has to do is mix a
small amount with cold water---no boiling, no straining, no fuss.
A tiny little bit goes a long way. Start with just a pinch
(about 1/8th of a teaspoon, mix with about a teaspoon of water and
and go from there, making it thicker or thinner. Be sure to mix
only as much as you will be using at one time as it does not keep.
It gets sour and smelly. It can however be preserved by mixing in a
few drops of carbolic acid. Carbolic acid used to be easy to obtain
as it was used to disinfect everything, from stables, to sick rooms,
old bed springs, or what have you and could be found at any
hardware store. Times have changed, and now where I live, it can
only be purchased at the pharmacy with a doctor's prescription. My
doctor provided me with a prescription after I explained what I was
going to use it for and then a very suspicious pharmacist wanted to
know what I was going to do with it. Good gracious, what would one do
with it other than use it as a disinfectant.??. You may not have
these restrictions in your state. Hope this helps.