An Ancient Remedy
Agarwood may be the answer to finding a more peaceful state of mind in today’s hectic society. The dark, resin-rich heartwood has been considered helpful to mental, physical and spiritual well-being by many cultures around the world. In fact, agarwood has played a central role in some cultures for thousands of years. But could this special substance really have a place in modern society?
What is Agarwood?
Agarwood, often sold in fragments called agarwood chips, is the name for a special type of heartwood found in only a select species of trees. These trees are susceptible to a certain type of mold, in reaction to this mold, they produce the richly scented, dark resin that gives agarwood its unique aromatic properties. Nothing else in nature has the complex, distinctive, pleasing aroma of agarwood.
What Type of Agarwood Works Best?
Agarwood can be sold in a number of different forms. The most common are agarwood chips, as mentioned above. Cultivated agarwood is becoming more common, and cultivated agarwood chips are therefore gaining in popularity. They’re the same as wild agarwood, but cultivated agarwood is renewable. Cultivated agarwood chips can be heated in a special warmer (often available from the same merchants that sell agarwood chips) to release the scent of the resin. There are also ready-made agarwood incense products. If the heat or burning associated with incense or warming raw agarwood chips isn’t convenient, there is also an essential oil produced from wild and/or cultivated agarwood.
How to Use Agarwood to Sooth Stress
Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Tibetan cultures have long believed agarwood to have calming, stress-relieving properties. Using this ancient remedy isn’t difficult—simply find the most convenient way to enjoy its rich, calming scent. If you’d prefer not to use agarwood chips or traditional incense, try experimenting with other forms of wild and cultivated agarwood fragrances. Essential oil produced from cultivated agarwood chips can be used in diffusers (doing double duty as air freshner), diluted and used as a linen spray, or even used as a perfume. Small drops can be placed behind the ears or on the pulse points, to carry the soothing scent of agarwood with you all day long.
Do Agarwood Chips Really Relieve Stress?
As with any remedy, agarwood may have differing effects for different people. Many people have found relief from agarwood, and almost everyone can enjoy this ancient fragrance in some manner.