Karaya is a very 'gummy' gum that has mucilaginous properties when wet. It is sometimes known as Indian Tragacanth as it is employed similarly as a 'sticking' agent. This property can be incorporated into incense blends, though it is less useful for binding oils than Gum Tragacanth. In India it is largely valued for its medicinal properties. When burnt it emits a pungent smell, which is most suitable for banishing and exorcism blends.