Oil Summary: Agarwood oil is one of the most precious essential oils in the world. It’s also known as Oud oil, Aloeswood, and many other names depending on the origin. Large-scale production of the oil is done in Southeast Asia, particularly India, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia, The Philippines, and Indonesia. In addition to being a valuable component of incense, Agarwood is prized for its effective antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, anti-depressant, anti-asthmatic, antioxidant, digestive, psychoactive, carminative, aphrodisiac, and numerous other beneficial properties. Agarwood has held value in many cultures and religions for its unique fragrance, which is a combination of “oriental-woody” and “fruity-floral” notes. the Agarwood tree is rarely found growing in the wild. Aquilaria malaccensis, the main oil-producing species is considered “threatened” by many conservationist organizations, and many countries have consequently made it illegal to cut down the tree in natural forests. Agarwood essential oil is one of the most expensive natural extracts in today’s market.
Botanical Name: Aquilaria agallocha
Plant Origin: India
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Trees
Odor and Color: Thick and resinous with a deep shade of brown, intense aroma.
Main Constituents: a-agarofuran, 4-phenyl-2-butanone, furfural and benzaldehyde.
Blends well with: Data not available.
Contraindication: Agarwood oil is considered safe to use in moderation, both topically and internally. However, it is always best to do a patch test before applying it extensively to the skin. Undiluted Agarwood oil may cause sensitization. It should be diluted sufficiently with a suitable carrier oil.
Lengthy exposure to Agarwood fumes may induce drowsiness and encourage unwanted sleep. Do not inhale it if you are about to drive or operate machinery.
Agarwood is not recommended for children under six years old, and should only be administered sparingly to older kids. Pregnant or nursing women are advised to consult a medical practitioner before using Agarwood oil, or any of its blends.