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  • How to Use Agarwood Oils Safely


    How to Use Agarwood Oils Safely: A Simple Guide

    Introduction

    Agarwood oils' aroma can make you feel great.  But remember, they are very potent. They are much stronger than the plants they come from. So, you need to be careful when you use them. If you experience any skin adverse reaction, please stop using it immediately. 

    Before using them, consider the below

    Putting Oils on Your Skin (Topical Use)

    Although Agarwood oils are generally safe, putting essential oils directly onto your skin without mixing them into a carrier oil first could cause some skin sensitivity/irritation/reactions/ allergies. 

    Patch test and/or dilution is strongly recommended.

    Oud oi (Agarwood oil)l obtained through supercritical carbon dioxide extraction is more likely to cause skin allergies. This is because this technique pulls out more substances from the plant compared to traditional methods like water or steam distillation. Specifically, supercritical carbon dioxide can extract over 200 different compounds, while water or steam methods usually extract around 100 or fewer.

    Many of these compounds are not fully studied by researchers.

    Generally speaking, if you dilute Co2 extracted Oud oil to 5%, it will be unlikely to cause skin reaction. However, we cannot guarantee. 


    Most people will likely not experience any problems when using this oil on their skin. However, a small number of users might have a negative skin reaction when they apply the oil topically.


    Eye and Ear Safety

    • Eyes:Do not use Oud oil near your eyes, as it can be very dangerous.
    • Ears: Never put undiluted oils in your ears. Use diluted oils on a cotton ball instead. You can also apply the diluted one near your earlobes 

    No Oral ingestion

    Never eat or drink Agarwood oils 

    Breathing in Oils (Inhalation)

    Do not inhale oils directly for more than 15-20 minutes. If you use a diffuser, turn it on for 30-60 minutes and then off for 30-60 minutes for the best and safest results.

    Special Considerations

    • Asthma: Some people with asthma have found that oils can trigger an attack.
    • Children: Keep oils away from young kids. They might open the bottle and drink it, which is dangerous.

    Fire Safety

    Essential oils can catch fire easily. Do not use them near an open flame.

    Health Conditions

    If you have a health condition, are pregnant, or are taking medicine, talk to a doctor before using any essential oils in general.

     

    About Agarwood oil

    Agarwood Oil: An Overview

    Summary of Agarwood Oil Characteristics

    Agarwood is also known as

    • Agar
    • Aleswood
    • Lignum Aloes
    • Eaglewood
    • Oud / Oudh

    Botanical Classification:

    • Principal Botanical Name: Aquilaria malaccensis Lamk, Aquilaria Crassna
    • Additional Scientific Names: Aquilaria agallocha Roxb., Agallochum malaccense (Lamk) Kuntze, and Aquilariella malaccensis (Lamk) v. Tieghem
    • Plant Family: Thymelaeaceae

     

    • Derived From: Wood
    • Principal Constituents (Predominantly in Vietnamese Varieties):
      • Between 21.2% and 33.0% of 2-(2-(4-Methoxyphenyl)ethyl) chromone
      • Between 16.1% and 23.6% of 2-(2-Phenylethyl) chromone
      • Between 1.4% and 5.3% of Oxo-agarospirol
      • Up to 4.7% of Guaia-1(10),11-dien-15-oic acid
      • Between 2.0% and 3.7% of 6-Methoxy-2-(2-(4-methoxyphenyl)ethyl) chromone
      • Between 0.4% and 3.4% of Guaia-1(10),11-dien-15-al
      • Between 0.4% and 2.8% of Selina-3,11-dien-9-ol
      • Between 0.2% and 2.1% of Selina-3,11-dien-9-one
    • (Referenced from Lawrence 1998e, pp. 62-66)

      From Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2013). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals (2nd ed.). Churchill Livingstone.

    Safety Profile:

    • Known Risks: None reported.
    • Known Limitations: None identified.
    • Physiological Impact:
      • Nervous System: Inhalation of agarwood oil fumes has a sedative effect on mice.
      • General Health: No information about immediate toxicity is available.
      • Cancer-Related Risks: No available data, although the oil does not contain recognized carcinogens.

    Further Information:

    • Cost: The essential oil of agarwood is among the most costly, priced 10 to 15 times higher than jasmine oil. It is extracted solely from fungus-infected wood.
    • Variants: Oils may also be sourced from other Aquilaria species like Aquilaria sinensis.

    Conservation Status:

    • The Aquilaria malaccensis species is included in the CITES Appendix II, which signifies that it is not in immediate danger of becoming extinct but could be if the trade is not regulated.

    Supplementary Forms:

    • Supercritical Carbon dioxide extract Agarwood oil.