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A Guide To Agarwood Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

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Agarwood essential oil (Aquilaria malaccensis or Aquilaria crassna) is rare and expensive. It's a very thick oil that also goes by other names, including aloeswood, eaglewood, kyara, oud, or oudh.

Agarwood trees are endangered in the wild but there are sustainable plantations growing the trees. If you buy this oil, make sure it's from a sustainable source.

Basic Agarwood Facts

Plant family: Thymelaeaceae

Production: Steam distilled from wood infected with a particular type of mold. The tree reacts to the mold by producing a dark, scented resin that's  absorbed by the wood.

Aroma: Bittersweet, woody.

Perfume/Aromatic note: Base

Is agarwood safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.

Is agarwood essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.

Cautions: Because agarwood oil is one of the rarest and most expensive oils, it is frequently adulterated.

Agarwood Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: In Ayurveda, agarwood is primarily used as a religious incense. The oil is a bitter digestive tonic that relieves indigestion. The essential oil is also a skin tonic and useful for easing joint, muscle, and nerve pain.

Salvatore Battaglia: Agarwood may help alleviate anxiety, nervous tension, and restlessness. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the cooling nature of this essential oil suggests it calms the Heart and soothes an agitated Shen. The scent is spiritually elevating and reminds us that we are not alone on our journey.

Aromatics: Agarwood can deepen a sense of personal awareness and is a great choice for meditation and perfumes. The oil also helps soothe ongoing stress, while inspiring strength and clarity. To release cycles of worry and encourage deep, restorative rest, make a roll-on blend of agarwood in jojoba oil and use before going to bed.

Floracopeia: Agarwood oil is hypnotic, calming, and meditative. In both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine the oil is pungent, bitter, and warming and may help relieve pain and nausea.

Grounding Roll-on Blend

  • 2 teaspoons carrier oil
  • 4 drops agarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 drops patchouli essential oil

Mix together all the oils in a glass bowl. Pour into a roll-on bottle. Label. Use as needed. Source: JennScents

Inhaler Meditation Blend 

  • 2 drops agarwood essential oil
  • 4 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops copaiba essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
  • Blank aromatherapy inhaler

Place wick in the inhaler. Drop essential oils onto the wick. Put on the end cap. To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

Source: Loving Essential Oils

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