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Posted on June 8, 2018

‘Wood of God’ and Adam’s only permitted tree to be taken from the Garden of Eden is none
other than Agarwood, where the resinous heartwood of this tree of epic charisma has been
used across the globe for extracting its therapeutic essential oil and mesmerizing fragrance

‘Hitting the heaven’ is the kind of feeling one can get at breathing in the aromatic aura of
Agarwood oil. Held high as the most captivating fragrance for progressing towards a divine
journey, Agarwood and its sacred fragrance has been a part of various earliest cultures of the
globe for attaining clarity of mind, enlightenment and inner peace, essential for realizing and
reaching Divinity through meditation and other sacred rituals.

Called as Aguruh kul in Ayurveda with the Sanskrit meanings like Vruksha, Shreshta, Rajarha
and Vishvaroopakam, Agarwood is popularly known as Agar has been an Ayurvedic medication
for neuro-muscular conditions, pleurisy, anemia, halitosis, impotence, blood impurities, urinary
infections, indigestion, skin problems, heart problems, pain and bed wetting.

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Historical uses and importance of Agarwood oil:

Agar is a limb of the Thymelaeaceae plant family and the most popular among the 15 species
of this plant variety are Aquilaria agallocha, Aquilaria sinensis, Aquillaria crassna and Aquilaria
malaccensis, based upon its origin and growth.

Popularly beckoned as Oudh, Oud, Gaharu, Agar, Eaglewood, Aloeswood and Agarwood, this
tree has been claimed indigenous to various parts of the world, including India, Malaysia,
Southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia.

The source of this tranquilizing fragrance of this oil is from its heartwood, which gets developed
very slowly, may be hundreds of years after being infected by a parasite fungus, namely
phialophora parasitica. Owing to this fungus attack, Agarwood tree starts producing an
aromatic resin deep within the heartwood, naturally.

Agarwood has its mention in numerous rich Vedic and historic texts like Sahih Muslim, Charaka
Samhita, Torah, Bhagavat Gita, Sushruta Samhita, Islamic scriptures and Gospel. Agarwood
has been the favorite fragrance of Lord Krishna, held as the God of protection and the hero of
the ancient Sanskrit text Bhagavat Gita.

Buddha has stated that the fragrance of burning Agarwood is the authentic “scent of Nirvana”
(the state of attaining Divinity). The string of beads counting 108 in Buddhism is made up of
Agarwood. Bible also mentions that Jesus Christ have been scented with Aloes (Oud).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) performed the cultural tradition of fumigating with
Agarwood and is followed even today among the Orthodox Islamic community.

He also states that Agarwood is a part of the Paradise and his quote, “The first group of people
who will enter Paradise, will be glittering like the full moon and those who will follow them, will
glitter like the most brilliant star in the sky. The aloes-wood will be used in their centers” proves
it commendably.

It is also said that the valiant Samurai warriors used Agarwood smoke to perfume their
armour as a lucky charm before going to the battle. The celebrated king of France, King
Louis XIV had his garments washed in a blend of water boiled with Agarwood and rose for
lasting fragrance and energy.

Agarwood has been a part of various Alternative medicinal practices including Ayurveda,
Unani, the Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sufi medicines, Tibetan, Arabic and certain other East
Asian medicinal systems as a medication for psychological conditions, cirrhosis of the liver and
for various skin problems.

Chemical constituents and remedial properties of Agarwood oil:

The most prominent chemical constituents of Agarwood oil are agarol (sesquiterpene),
aquillochin (couinarinolignan), α- agarofurans, β- agarofurans, agarospirol, jinkohol, jinkohol-
eremol, selinene, iso- dihydroagarofuran, kusenol, and dihydroagarofuran. 2/8
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The therapeutic properties accounting to its enormous healing benefits are rejuvenative, tonic,
anti-rheumatic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, anti-stress, antimicrobial, carminative, anti-convulsant,
anti-asthmatic, anti-cancer, relaxant, analgesic, transformative, digestive, antioxidant,
psychoactive, detoxifying, diaphoretic, anti-depressant.

Ayurvedic health benefits of Agarwood oil:

Anyone in today’s contemporary and perfunctory world would simply opt for Ayurveda, if given
a chance to relax, revitalize and charge up the entire system. This is no wonder because the
world knows that Ayurveda is the oldest of all the healing methodologies in the Universe and its
existence dates back to more than 5000 years.

Having its roots tied up with the ancient Indian mythology, Ayurveda is talked about in 114
verses in Atharvaveda, one among the four prized Vedas or Sacred books of the Hindu

Ayurveda is not just a system of healing with natural medicines and Ayurvedic essential oils,
instead it’s a whole pack of holistic healing comprising of healthy lifestyle, natural and nutritious
food, Karma or the dutiful life practices, maintaining absolute harmony with Nature, Dharma or
the disciplined living, detoxification or the eliminating of toxic remains in the system,
treating the root cause of the illnesses, unique healing practices like Abhyanga and
Panchakarma, unity with the Divine force through prayer or meditation and staying fit by taking
up yoga, Pranayama or the Ayurvedic breathing technique and simple physical exercises.

Ayurveda regards that every person is a unique individual with unique physical, psychological,
social and emotional set up. As no two persons are the same, the treatment and medications
should not be the same for two persons affected even with the disease.

Ayurvedic philosophy declares that every person is made up of the five elements of nature,
namely fire, air, water, sky and earth. The combination of these five fundamental elements
combine together to form the biological energies called as doshas. They are vata (air and
space), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (water and earth).

Every person has a predominance of any one these doshic energies that determine his
character, traits and personality. Balance between these doshas indicate that the human body
is in harmony with Nature and imbalance of doshas result in diseases and are direct pointer
that the system is out of balance with Nature.

Ayurveda studies this individual constitution of a person along with his medical history and
traces out the root cause of a disease. It helps an individual to renew his balance with nature
and prevent such illnesses in the future also.

Ayurvedic essential oils are the life essence of plants and are used in Ayurvedic medication for
thousands of years in the treatment methods like Ayurvedic massaging or Abhyanga, Ayurvedic
detoxification or Panchakarma, Pranayama or Yogic breathing, Aromatherapy and in meditation
and prayers.

Agarwood has been an important part of the Ayurvedic regimen and has been talked about in
Ayurvedic encyclopedia, Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita. 3/8
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Bhagavata Purana quotes, “The men and women of the city, arrayed in spotless raiment and
anointed with fragrant sandalwood paste, wore precious necklaces, flower garlands and
jeweled ornaments, and their opulent homes were filled with the aroma of aguru”, where Aguru
is nothing but Agarwood. This proves the use of this spiritual fragrance even during the
primordial times.

Agarwood essential oil is said to pacify vata and kapha doshas in excess and enhance pitta

The most significant Ayurvedic health benefits of Agarwood oil are:

Apart from these promising health benefits, Agarwood and its essential oil has been a vital part
of the perfume industry since ages together. It’s time to learn the medicinal uses in detail.

1. Illuminates the mind and fortifies the power of thinking:

Mind is a faculty of thought, consciousness, intellect and one’s ability to think, sense and
reason. Your thoughts are the first move to your actions. The power of thinking would always
be healthy and positive only when you have a clear mind sans negative ideas.

Known as the inner organ of awareness or consciousness in Ayurveda, Mind is often termed as
electricity generated from the power station called as soul, which is the only reserve of
intelligence and it glows with its own light. When you have clarity of mind, your mind never
wanders around, it starts focusing only on the right with the kind of consciousness it has
acquired from the soul.

The heartening fragrance of Agarwood oil has the power to fuel the mind with mental clarity
and drives in inner consciousness. Inhaling 2 drops of Agarwood oil by adding it to diffuser can
assist in driving away negative energies, alleviating anxiety, enhancing alertness, 4/8
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increasing the sense of strength, bringing in tranquility, augmenting cerebral

functioning and strengthening the nervous system.

This can also support in enhancing your power of creative thinking. It is mainly because
creative thoughts strike the mind when it is absolutely free from worries, anxiousness and
negative feelings. This way Agarwood can help everyone in your family to think better, may be
in performing your duties better in the office, to cook innovative food varieties, to learn and
understand better and what not.

2. Elevates the emotional quotient:

Agarwood is often regarded as a glorious tree in the Traditional Chinese Medicine for its
excellent medicinal and spiritual benefits. The Chinese usually call the captivating fragrance of
Agarwood oil as “a sweet, deep but balanced fragrance”.

Agarwood oil is often regarded as a unique oil of rescue, especially from emotional trauma. It
has been also said that the therapeutic properties of this oil is highly powerful in harmonizing
the electrical frequencies of the brain.

Agarwood oil has been used by the Tibetan Monks for increasing the inner energy that could
pass on absolute tranquility to the mind and the soul. It is for this reason; Agarwood oil has
been a part of numerous traditions during spiritual ceremonies and esoteric gatherings. In
Buddhism, Agarwood is used for clearing away lack of ignorance.

The famous Chinese tradition Feng Shui, which is an art of controlling the flow of energy in a
particular spot, has associated Agarwood in helping with it as the sacred fragrance of
Agarwood is said to penetrate through the senses and enrich the spirit.

3. Paves way for spiritual enlightenment:

Meditation, prayers and certain other divine gatherings aim at the realization and oneness with
Divinity. This is the most complex chore, as it requires absolute concentration, mental stability
and clarity of the mind to attain the heavenly powers.

The sacred fragrance of Agarwood and its oil is said to have psychoactive properties that aid in
progressing towards a sanctifying spiritual journey by instilling deep inner peace,
consciousness, emotional constancy, positive energy, increased awareness and
enhanced psychological functioning.

Certain ancient texts quote that the incense of Agarwood transmits the prayer to the Almighty.
Adding 2 drops of Agarwood oil with 1 drop of Sandalwood oil in diffuser or vaporizer during
prayer, meditation, Pranayama or other sacred gatherings can help in feeling the connection
with the transcendent, alleviating detrimental or negative thoughts that spoil concentration and
supporting the insight of experiencing divinity from within.

Agarwood and its enthralling aroma has been said to stimulate Qi, which is the ‘vital force’ or
‘life energy’ and is the fundamental principle in the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Martial
Arts. Ayurvedic medication recommends Agarwood oil for augmenting mental clarity, opening 5/8
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Agna or the third eye and all of the chakras in the upper part of the body, which is often
associated with divinity.

4. Alleviates pain including rheumatic and arthritic conditions:

Agarwood oil is an excellent kapha suppressant, which eliminates surplus water deposits and
toxic remains in the body through sweat or urine. With its analgesic, anti-rheumatic and anti-
inflammatory attributes, this oil supports in relieving pain quickly and reducing inflammation
associated with rheumatism and arthritis.

Massaging the affected parts, especially the joints with 2 drops of Agarwood oil, 2 drops of
Clove oil with 2 ml of coconut oil can help in clearing blood impurities, flushing out toxins, salt
and uric acid in the system by promoting frequent urination, reducing pain and soreness and
enhancing blood circulation. You can also use 2 drops of Agarwood oil in hot or cold
compress for soothing muscular pain.

5. Spices up your sexual verve:

The oil of Agarwood often becomes an interesting remedy for reproductive problems with its
stimulating aroma and spirited aphrodisiac properties. Since the primeval period, Agarwood
and its enticing oil has been used for people undergoing sexual problems.

As it works as an excellent relaxant that promotes peaceful sleep, treats fatigue, alleviates
stress and boosts mental health, Agarwood is often used as an “All in one remedy” for
improving vigor and vitality.

Massaging your body with 5 drops of Agarwood oil, 5 drops of Ashwagandha oil, 2 drops of
Sandalwood oil and 2 drops of Lavender oil with 10 ml of Olive oil can help in influencing good
sleep, soothing the system, enhancing the libido, treating premature ejaculation, increasing
sperm count and for curing erectile dysfunction. You can also add 2 drops of Agarwood oil in
warm bathing water before going to bed.

6. Supports the digestive functions:

The digestive, carminative, anti-flatulent and stomachic properties of Agarwood oil supports in
expelling gas in the intestines and stomach and it also prevents the digestive system from
building up of gas.

Adding 1 drop of Agarwood oil along with 1 drop of Peppermint oil in a cup of warm water and
gargling with this medicated solution can help in alleviating bad breath, tastelessness and
nausea. Massaging your tummy with 3 drops of Agarwood oil along with 2 ml of sesame oil can
help in supporting the secretion of gastric juices and digestive acids that treat indigestion,
bloating, flatulence and intestinal infections.

7. Invigorates your skin health:

Agarwood oil is an excellent natural remedy for nourishing the skin from within. With its ability
to scavenge free radicals in the system, Agarwood oil fight against the symptoms of aging like
wrinkles, fine lines and marks. 6/8
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Ayurveda beckons Agarwood as Kushtanut, means remedy for skin diseases. It is called as
Dushta Vranashodhana for its power to clean wounds, Krumihara for treating infected wounds,
and Kushtahara for relieving itching and soreness of skin. It is also known as Tvachya for it is
extremely useful in detoxification of skin.

1 drop of Agarwood oil and 1 drop of Lemon oil added to your soap-free cleanser can help in
clearing away marks, improving skin complexion, encouraging blemish-free glow and granting
a younger and healthy looking skin. It is for these reason Agarwood has been a part of various
celebrated skin care products including skin lightening creams and soaps.

Other health benefits:

Agarwood oil is also used in the treatment cirrhosis, epilepsy, hepatitis, fever, depression,
gastric cancer, abdominal and lung tumors and nervous system disorders.


This information is only for the use of education and is not meant for replacing any prescribed
medicines or professional medical advice or for diagnosing any kind of health conditions. We
are not healthcare professionals and we take up a collective interest to share and spread the
awareness of Ayurveda, the holistic and oldest of all remedial practices in the world for which it
is rightly called as the Mother of all healing sciences on earth.

Never ingest essential oils and do remember to dilute them in appropriate carrier oils like
Jojoba oil. This is due to the fact that organic and unadulterated essential oils are highly
concentrated liquids and direct application of essential oils on the skin may lead to allergic
reactions. Due care should be taken if you are a nursing mother or carrying. Keep out of reach
of children.

Speak with your healthcare practitioner or Ayurvedic expert before taking your call on the
suitable essential oils for your state of health and unique individual constitution.

Thought for the day:

Beyond a pleasant smell, a drop of Agarwood essence will softly invade your lungs,
your mind, your body and spirit” – Trygve Harris, aromatherapy expert.

Suggested Reading:

1. Natural Beauty: Radiant Skin Care Secrets & Homemade Beauty Recipes From the
World’s Most Unforgettable Women (Essential Oil for Beginners Series) by Elizabeth
2. The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices
by Christian Rätsch, Claudia Müller-Ebeling
3. Fragrance & Wellbeing: Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche by Jennifer
Peace Rhind
4. Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda by Marc Halpern
5. The Incense Bible: Plant Scents That Transcend World Culture, Medicine, and Spirituality
by Dennis J Mckenna, Kerry Hughes 7/8
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Reference Links:

1. Agarwood by Wikipedia
2. Overview of the Agarwood oil industry by Dr. Pakamas Chetpattananondh, Department of
Chemical engineering, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
3. Agarwood, a closer look at the ‘Wood of God’ published in the Special Feng Shui Edition
4. Medicinal and traditional uses of Agarwood by The Cropwatch files

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