Agarwood, also known as aloeswood (in religious texts), gaharu (in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea), jin-koh (in Japan), Ch´en Hsiang or Ch´en Xiang (in China), Chim-Hyuang (in Korea) and oud (in the Middle East), is a resin produced inside a tropical rainforest tree called Aquilaria. The dark resinous wood produce magnificent aroma when burned. It is considered the finest natural incense and has been used for cultural, religious and medicinal purposes for millennia. Aloeswood is extremely rare and often difficult to obtain and its value is pegged at 1.5 times the worth of gold and is sometimes referred to as “liquid gold¨ or “Wood of the gods. Although the southern Arabian Peninsula has been long identified with aromatics, few Westerners are familiar with Aloeswood. This obscurity is partly due to Aloeswood rarity and cost. Aloeswood has also been used in nearly every religious tradition around the world and revered for thousands of years by many cultures as the most treasured incense ingredient. It was Aloeswood and Myrrh that was burned at Jesus’ burial ceremony. Ayurvedic, Unanai, Tibetan and Chinese physicians have all used Aloeswood in their practice to treat various diseases as well as mental illness.
Benifit of Agarwood Incense
Hightened CreativityAgarwood has shown heightened creativity. The basis for this is similar to listening to music – providing inspiration and motivation. Aromas are also a very powerful emotional memory trigger which can help to stimulate thoughts and creativeness. Agarwood is particularly effective due to its distinctive and psychoactive nature.
Reduce Stress, Anxiety and DepressionWhen experiencing anger, stress or being upset, our brain releases stress hormones. These hormones cause inflammation that releases inflammatory proteins called cytokines, as well as stress hormones such as cortisol. These greatly impair cognitive function, almost 'clouding' the natural process. This is a major reason why stressed people underperform. Inhaling particular aromas can be an effective method for reducing the heart rate and soothing nerves. They can also cause certain ion channels in the brain to trigger the creation and release of mood elevating hormones and proteins such as TRPV3 and serotonin. Such protein drastically reduces the symptoms of stress, anxiety and even depression. From previous studies, Agarwood had been found as one of the best scents for this.
Improve ConcentrationBurning of agarwood has been found to increase levels of focus which directly correlates with increased productivity. It iis ideal for working, studying and similar activities.Buddhist and Hindu monks have burned agarwood during their meditation for thousands of years, so as to help them clear the mind and improve concentration.