Would you believe that an essential oil obtained from infected wood commands a higher price than gold? It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But that’s the story with Agarwood essential oil, or Oud as it is known in the Middle East.
Agarwood is the resinous heartwood formed in infected trees of the evergreen Aquilaria and Gyrinops tree families, native to southeast Asia.
This precious wood and its oil have a deep spiritual history and significance, and they are mentioned in the oldest spiritual texts – the Sahih Muslim, the Charaka Samhita, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, the Sushruta Samhita, Islamic scriptures and the Gospel.
Agarwood is said to be the favorite fragrance of Lord Krishna, God of Protection.
The Buddha taught that the fragrance of burning Agarwood is the “scent of Nirvana” (the state of attaining Divinity).
Samurai warriors perfumed their armor with Agarwood smoke for good luck before going into battle.