What is Agarwood Oil?
Agarwood oil is the essential oil extracted from the steam distillation of resinous wood of Agarwood (Aquilaria) Tree, native to north-east regions of India.
The Agarwood tree grows up to 40 meters high and 60 centimeters in diameter. Trees are infected infected with a type of mould (Phialophora parasitica).
Prior to infection, the heartwood has no odour, relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection grows, the Agar tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin-embedded heartwood.
The resin-embedded wood has special significance in Arabic-middle eastern culture for its rich and unique fragrance.
Originally from Southeast Asia/India , Agarwood is also considered as the most luxurious Arabian perfume referred as Oud. Other common names of Agarwood are Aloeswood, Eaglewood, Kyara, Ood, or Ud, and more which are given depending on origin and quality of the raw material or oil.
What are major Constituents in Agarwood Oil?
The oil constitutes Eudesmene, Phenyl ethyl chromones,Palmitic acid, Sesquiterpenes, and Selinene.
Blending Properties of Agarwood Essential Oil
Natural and pure Agarwood oil easily blends with Alcohol, Geranium oil, Carnation, and Sandalwood. It can be used as an essential oil in aroma therapy as well as a perfume
What are the Applications & Benefits of Agarwood Oil?
Agarwood oil is the utmost powerful aphrodisiac of the entire range of essential oils. It is widely used to create the expensive perfumes and the most desired base component in world of perfumery.
Besides, the oil is beneficial for fever, respiratoryissues, nervous disorders, digestion, rheumatism, spasms in the gastrointestinal and respirational systems, and smallpox. It is also heavily used in aromatherapy as well as for healing in numerous Ayurvedic medicines in India.
Aloeswood oil or Agarwood oil is available in liquid and solid forms. The oil is very persistent and only minuscule drops are required during aromatherapy. Its aroma takes approximately twelve hours to unfold and its essence last for more than a day on the skin. Because of its powerful aroma, it fragrance can last for few days if it is applied or placed on any cloth or material.
Spiritual History & Religious Significance of Oud Oil:
The mention of Oud Oil is also found in the oldest spiritual texts including the Sahih Muslim, the Charaka Samhita, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, the Sushruta Samhita, Islamic scriptures and the Gospel.
- Besides Jasmine, Agarwood is said to be the favorite fragrance of Lord Krishna.
- According to Gautam Buddha, “fragrance of burning Agarwood is the “scent of Nirvana” (the state of attaining Divinity).”
- Samurai warriors scented their armor with Agarwood smoke for good luck before going into war.
The extravagant King Louis XIV of France had his clothes and linens washed in a blend of water boud oiled with Agarwood and rose to give him energy, and for its pleasing fragrance.
FAQs Related to Agarwood Oil
What to Consider Before Buying Agarwood (Oud) Essential Oil?
As Agarwood oil is very costly, it is recommended to buy from Authentic supplier or manufacturer company. If you get this at surprisingly cheaper price, the product is likely to be synthesis or fraction based.
What Factors Affect the Quality of Agarwood Essential Oil?
The aromatic characteristics of agarwood oil may be influenced by the species, geographic location, length of time since infection, and methods of harvesting and processing and some other factors.