Information on Agarwood Incense
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Agarwood is a mystical resin which is used for meditation unlocking the subconscious and balancing the life airs or chi. Agarwood is highly psychoactive. It is used for spiritual journey, enlightenment, clarity and grounding. Buddhists use it for transmutation of ignorance. Tibetan monks use it to bring energy to the centre and calm the mind and spirit.
The Sufis use Agarwood oil in their esoteric ceremonies and Japanese Shamans use it for its psychoactive properties it opens the third eye as well as all of the upper charkas. It is recommended by experienced practitioners for providing motivation and devotion to meditation. It brings communication with the transcendent, refreshes the mind and body, drives away evil spirits, takes away exhaustion, removes impurities, expels negative energies, brings alertness, relieves anxiety, invokes a sense of strength and peace, creating natural order in your sacred living areas, enhances cerebral functioning, calms the nervous system, remedies nervous disorders such as neurosis, obsessive behaviour, etc., and it is a companion in solitude. In China It is said that prayers arise with the fragrant smoke of Aloeswood incense carrying the prayer to the Creator.
What is Agarwood?
Agarwood is the resinous wood from the Aquilaria tree, an archaic tropical evergreen tree native to northern India, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Southern China and Vietnam. Its scientific name is Aquilara Malaccensis Lam or Aquilaria Agallocha. The Aquilaria tree grows up to 40 meters high and 60 centimeters in diameter. It bears sweetly-scented, snow-white flowers. The trees frequently become infected with a parasite fungus or mold, Phialophora Parasitica, and begin to produce an aromatic resin, in response to this attack.The resin of a tree from a natural fungal attack and immune response is commonly known as agar #1. An inferior resin is created by the deliberate wounding of an aquilaria tree; leaving it more susceptible to a fungal attack by using a forced method. This is commonly called agar #2 and found in commercially grown Agarwood.The fungus and decomposition process continue to generate a very rich and dark resin forming within the heartwood. Thus, Agarwood develops very, very slowly over time-typically several HUNDRED YEARS or more to form. Hence, this is why it is so rare and valued as the most sacred oil on the planet (in addition to the wonderful aroma).
Agarwood Medicinal Uses
Stimulant, tonic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, relieves epilepsy, anti microbial, carminative (gas), smallpox, rheumatism, illness during and after childbirth, relieves spasms in digestive and respiratory systems, lowers fever, digestive and bronchial complaints, abdominal pain, asthma, cancer, colic, diarrhea, nausea, nerves, regurgitation, weakness in the elderly, shortness of breath, chills, general pains, cirrhosis of the liver and as a director or focuser for other medicines. It has also been used as a treatment for lung and stomach tumors.The five qualities (tastes) used to classify Aloeswood Aromas:
- Sweet Resembles the smell of honey or concentrated sugar
- Sour Resembles the smell of plums or other acidic foods.
- Hot Resembles the smell of red peppers when put in a fire.
- Salty Resembles the smell of a towel after wiping perspiration from the brow or the lingering smell of ocean water when seaweed is dried on a fire.
- Bitter Resembles the smell of bitter herbal medicine when it is mixed or boiled.
More About Aloeswsood
Also known as Agarwood, Lign Aloes, Eagle wood, Jinko or Oud, Aloeswood is one of the most rare and precious woods on the planet, prized for its rich and wonderful fragrance. 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.
Aromatherapy/Essential Oil/Incense/Metaphysical Uses
Agarwood is the most potent aphrodisiac of all the essential oils. Valerian is a natural component of Aloeswood resin and functions to relieve insomnia allowing one to calm nervous energy before sleep and allowing one to have a deeper, more relaxed and longer sleep.In astrology and Wiccan practices, Aloeswood is used for love and spirituality. Aloeswood is called for in many of the most powerful magical incense formulas and is said to draw a lover near when used in an almost irresistible love spell.
- Folk Names: Lignum Aloes
- Sign: Sagittarius
- Gender: Feminine
- Planet: Jupiter
- Element: Air
The resin is used in perfumery. Yves Saint Laurent and Amouage use Aloeswood in their top perfumes as a base. The wood is carved as settings for precious stones and Aloeswood is an excellent wood for sculptures and carvings In Japan, Aloeswood is used in a complex fragrance guessing game called koh-do, part of the ceremonial appreciation of incense adopted from the Chinese, who still use the expression wenxiang, “listening to the incense.”