AQ Essential Oil - AGARWOOD / ALOESWOOD Aetoxylon
AGARWOOD (Aetoxylon sympetalum, Indonesia)
Oudh, Agarwood, Aloeswood or 'Gaharu' in Indonesia, is obtained from a number of tree species, with the complex chemical compounds varying greatly, even from region to region with the same species. Agarwood is a fragrant dark resinous wood used in incense and perfume, formed in the heartwood of trees when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is odourless, relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin, called aloes or agar (as well as gaharu, jinko, oud, or oodh), in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.
Agarwood is generally divided into various grades - first-grade agarwood is one of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world, with the highest grades containing a higher eudesmol content, and generally coming from the Aquilaria family. Agarwood can also be obtained from the Aetoxylon Sympetalum (this oil), which is an agarwood tree that can grow up to 40m tall and 60cm wide. Aetoxylon is known as 'Gaharu Buaya', crocodile gaharu (English), or gaharu buaya (Indonesian), and the oil has a light, sweet and woody scent which is similar to the scent of Aquilaria Malaccensis after all the animalistic notes have faded away, An excellent way to enjoy the scent of Agarwood without the expensive price tag found with Aquilaria class Agarwoods.
Agarwood and its oil have a deep spiritual history and significance, and are mentioned in some of the oldest spiritual texts - it has a long history of use in matters of the mind and for spiritual purposes. The Buddha taught that the fragrance of burning Agarwood is the “scent of Nirvana” (the state of attaining Divinity). In Tibetan medicine Agarwood is used to treat emotional, nervous and psychological issues, through its ability to induce a deep meditative state - Tibetan monks use agarwood essential oil to increase their inner energy and bring tranquility to the mind and the soul. In meditation, agarwood is used to clear the mind and instil inner peace, positive energy and enhanced awareness. Ayurvedic practitioners have long used agarwood oil for its ability to provide spiritual and emotional benefits. According to Ayurvedic tradition, agarwood oil illuminates the mind and strengthens the power of thought. Agarwood is also believed to be helpful for insomnia, and is widely acclaimed to have aphrodisiac properties.
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