aloeswood, eaglewood, jinkoh, oudh and gaharu
are just some of the many names for this most legendary and valuable
It's a very rare and extremely precious resinous material produced by a reaction to a fungal infection in the heart-wood of certain tropical rain-forest trees, usually the Aquilaria. Its origin lies in South-east Asia.
It has been used for centuries as an incense, in perfumery and in traditional medicine.
Because of its rarity, it's very expensive - the finest agarwood is worth many times its own weight in gold!
Even in biblical times it was highly sought-after, and had a reputation as a supremely aphrodisiac incense ingredient. (Some authorities believe that this effect may be due to pheromone-like compounds present in the resin.)
Agarwood is used in Arab countries (especially in the Persian Gulf) as
incense. In Japan, it is used in the Koh-do (incense ceremony), along with Sandalwood.
It was also used by the Ancient Egyptians for embalming dead bodies.
The different names of agarwood:
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