Gaharu - Agarwood ( Aquilaria Malaccensis )

Aquilaria malaccensis is a species of plant in the Thymelaeaceae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. It is threatened by habitat loss. 

Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh, or simply agar, is the resinous heartwood that forms in the trees of Aquilaria and Gyrinops (belonging to the evergreens of Southeast Asia) when they are infected with a particular type of mold. Because of this, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin that thickens and is incorporated into the heartwood. The resin embedded in the wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, ood, agarwood, or oud and is appreciated in many cultures for aloeswits distinctive scent, and is used to make incense and fragrances. One of the main reasons for the rarity and high cost of agarwood is the reduction of natural resources to produce oud. The heartwood of Agar tree has economic and medicinal significance.


’Aquilaria is a large, evergreen tree, often called the" tree of the gods "; it grows in tropical forests in the south-eastern part of Asia and has been considered sacred since ancient times. Wood was prized for producing valuable furniture and ornaments.

The oils were used in religious rites and as a very strong aphrodisiac. Due to its high cost and a certain divinization, only the richest people could afford it. Our ancestors used oud in medicine. Even today in some Asian countries with agarwood oil some diseases are cured such as male infertility, hormonal problems, digestive problems, and unpleasant odors in the mouth. Its anti-inflammatory, nourishing, firming properties have been known since ancient times, and its properties for cancer prevention and wound healing are also known. The intense, slightly sweet smell of oud helps to relax, taking away stress and depression.

Use and effect

Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, agarwood oil reduces joint pain, treats acne and other skin irritations, and even fights breast cancer.There's a good chance you've never heard of Agarwood oil.It is one of the most luxurious essential oils out there.

The properties of Agarwood oud oil are (so far) known to be:

Stimulant - quickens physiological function

Tonic - strengthens the body

Anti-inflammatory - reduces inflammation

Aphrodisiac - increases sexual desire

Diuretic - stimulates the production of urine

Antimicrobial - kills or resists pathogenic microorganisms

Carminative - settles the digestive system and relieves gas

Febrifuge - combats fever

Digestive - aids digestion of food

Expectorant - loosens mucus in the respiratory tract and aids expulsion

Muscle relaxant - eases tension in muscles

Demulcent - protects mucus membranes and calms irritation

Emmenagogue - stimulates menstrual flow

Analgesic - relieves pain

Anti-arthritic - combats arthritis

Antipruritic - relieves or prevents itching

Stomachic - digestive aid and tonic, improves appetite.

In Tibetan, medicine Agarwood is used to treat emotional, nervous and psychological issues, through its ability to induce a

deep meditative state. It is also used as a tranquilizer.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Agarwood is used to treat the digestive system, relieve spasms, regulate the vital organs, relieve pain, treat halitosis, and  support the kidneys. It is used to ease tightness in the chest, reduce abdominal pain, stop vomiting, treat diarrhea, and relieve asthma. The aroma of Agarwood is said to stimulate Qi, - the 'vital force' or 'life energy'.

In Ayurveda, Agarwood is used primarily for its warming qualities and for its deep effects on the mind when burnt as incense. The powdered heartwood is also used as a treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting, and anorexia. Agarwood oud oil is recommended for augmenting mental clarity, opening the third eye and all of the chakras in the upper part of the body.

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