Agarwood (Oud or Oudh) is known as the Wood of God as it has so much to offer from religious practices to healthy lives.
Solid pieces of agarwood are used for décor, appreciated as natural art, feng shui, lucky charm, in Vietnam, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. Agarwood are turned to wooden sculptures such as Buddha, God of War Guan Yu, bracelets, and mediation necklaces
Agarwood decor: Flying Eagle, is believed to promote fortune and wealth for business man
Agarwood decor: Western Cowboy Hat
Below are discussions with scientific evidences:
Agarwood tea leaves have been used for treating insomnia effectively. T erpenoids found in its leaves with sedative and anxiolytic effects found in our agarwood leaves would relax your body and calm your mind ( Mamoru Kakino, Gifu Pharmaceutical University . Unlike any so called "skinny tea" or "fat loss" tea by mixing herbs together without any scientific claim, our agarwood tea leaves contain only agarwood leaves with no other herb and scientifically proven that it would deliver the below benefit:
1) Constipation relief: Laxative effect from ethanol extract of agarwood leaves (EEA) and Genkwanin Glycosides (C 27H 30O 14) . Unlike many so called "slim tea", where diarrhea is a big concern, the agarwood leaves' properties do not trigger this bowel movement (i.e without inducing diarrhea) ( Mamoru Kakino, Gifu Pharmaceutical University).
2) Better, deeper sleep: Terpenoids with sedative and anxiolytic effects found in our agarwood leaves would relax your body and calm your mind ( Mamoru Kakino, Gifu Pharmaceutical University). Agarwood leaves contains no caffeine as it is a herbal infusion and its unique substance will help you sleep better, an effective insomnia treatment
3) Decrease cholesterol level and body cleansing : Polyphenol is another substance in our leaves, known for reducing the absorption of cholesterol in your body.( J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo).)
Our agarwood tea, trading as Evergreen Forest, is a well-known brand in Vietnam which is hand-picked and proccessed from young agarwood leaves which contains full nutrition made its premium benefit, has been exporting to Japan, China and US, offering you a better sleep.
Our tea after 2 mins brew:
YumiZuhanis (2016) summarised the benefit of agarwood leaf with its pharmaceutical activities of the compounds:
Agarwood incenses could be used to create not only a sacred ambiance but also a memorable experience.
Light it in a lounge room to start your conversation, air purification, mediation or just give live to your room .
Below are scientific evidence:
According to Wellbeing, Agarwood is said to calm the nervous system, expel negative energies, bring alertness, relieve anxiety, invoke a sense of strength and peace and enhance cerebral functioning. In Tibetan Buddhist traditions it’s said to bring energy to calm the mind and spirit and to provide motivation and the necessary devotion for meditation.
It is also quite enjoyable experience to improve your sense, olfactory system. It could also trigger the good old times, bring your childhood memories back.
Dennis J Mckenna, author of The Incense Bible: Plant Scents That Transcend World Culture, Medicine, and Spirituality, wrote
In Japan, a 2006 study at the University of Toyama’s Institute of Natural Medicine demonstrated that agarwood showed significant induction effect on brain-derived neurotrophic factor expression in rats, helping to support the survival of existing neurons and encourage the growth of new neurons and synapses. And a 1995 study in China found that the antibacterial qualities of Chinese herbal incense made it as effective an air steriliser in hospital wards as methods such as ultraviolet radiation and formaldehyde (Yan XY, Zhang GR, Song XY. Study on chinese herb incense to disinfect wards' air. Chung-Hua Hu Li Tsa Chih Chinese Journal of Nursing 1995; 30(6):323-324)
From my own experience, I used agarwood incense to eliminate moldy odor from my car in the rainy days. Wet shoes stepped in to your car, create a perfect environment for fungus. Obviously, sun is the best solution here and in addition, I left a small burning incense stick inside my car for 10 minutes and amazingly, the muddy smell has gone.
What are you waiting for? "Listen" to your incense or purify your air now
1) Our Green Cap: a slight sweet and bitter, some silent note in between bitter and sweet note
2) Our Red Cap: a clear distinction, the "music" (scent node) has moved to another level, sweeter , clearer and stronger due to high resin contain in the incense.
3) Our Orange Cap: A more complex level. a sense of calmness washes through, not as sweet, a small amount of sour kicked in. Good gift for experienced users
Cunningham (1999), author of "the Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews", has a short description about "Aloe wood",one of the incense making ingredients. Please note this book was written in 1999, at that time,high grade agarwood is around several hundred per kg, 30 times less compared to 2016
1) Anti-cancer benefit
MCF-7 in this experience is the cancer cells ( click here for the whole research paper), as you could see from the pictures, the % of growth dropped drastically.
2) Sedative effect (could be used for stress, and anxiety in aromatherapy)
3) Used as base note for perfume for high-end consumer. These oil could be even enjoyed on their own. For religious occasion, a few drop in your prayer carpets or seats would be adequate. For daily wear, it is quite up lifting to sniff the oil out of your clothes or shirt-sleeves.
4) In medical research: The ethyl acetate extract of A. crassna contain antiischemic activity against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury. The cardioprotective mechanism of the extract could, at least in part, explained by attenuation of p38 MAPK phosphorylation, which is the major signaling pathway involve in cardiac cell injury and death ( click here for full article)
In many culture, Agarwood incense is used as part of their death rituals for embalming dead bodies for many centuries (for example, Egyptians and other Islamic countries). Indonesians used as a communication way to the death.
According to Abu (2013), Agarwood is used for the following medicinal purposes: stimulant, tonic, nausea, nerves, regurgitation, weakness in the elderly, aphrodisiac, diuretic, relieves epilepsy, antimicrobial, carminative (gas), smallpox, rheumatism, illness during and after childbirth,relieves spasms in digestive and respiratory systems, shortness of breath, chills, general pains, lowers fever, asthma, cancer, colic, digestive and bronchial complaints, abdominal pain,diarrhoea.
Traditional medicine use agarwood as an ingredient to strengthen the intestines, and bring relief and comfort to the heart. Burning Oud helps to sharpen our senses and mind. It is also considered as a remedy for nervous disorders such as neurosis, obsessive behaviour and exhaustion. Similar belief to crystal healing, it is highly psychoactive and therefore used in spiritual ceremonies or rituals or simply a way of mediation, a way to your spiritual world. If you have tried crystal gem stone for calming and relaxation, agarwood is another excellent "tool" which could be considered.