Life on the land in Australia



Agarwood is the most rare and precious wood on the planet, prized for its rich, wonderful and healing fragrance.

Agarwood, being extremely rare and often difficult to obtain, has it’s value pegged at 1.5 times that of gold!

Agarwood has many names, above are a few for this resinous, fragrant and highly valuable heartwood produced by Aquilaria malaccensis and other species of the Indomalesian tree genus Aquilaria. The wealth of names for this dark and heavy wood (its Chinese name literally means ‘wood that sinks’) reflects its widespread and varied use over thousands of years. What wealth of grace is here…

…no lack of spikenard or saffron, of calamus or incense tree, of myrrh…

…of aloes or any rarest perfume.

Solomon: Song of songs

Agarwood calms the nervous system, expels negative energies, brings alertness, relieves anxiety, invokes a sense of strength and peace and enhances cerebral functioning. It eases neurosis and obsessive behaviour and helps create harmony in your home.

Agarwood is highly psychoactive. It is used for a spiritual journey, enlightenment, clarity and to bring the deep peace necessary for meditation. It is recommended by experienced practitioners for providing motivation and the necessary devotion for meditation. It brings communication with the transcendent, refreshing the mind, body and spirit. It is said that prayers arise with the fragrant smoke of agarwood incense carry the prayer to the Creator.

Buddhists use agarwood for transmutation of ignorance. Tibetan monks use it to bring energy to calm the mind and spirit. The Sufis and Japanese Shaman use agarwood oil in their esoteric ceremonies. It enhances mental clarity, opens the third eye and all of the upper charkas while calming the entire system.

What is Agarwood ?

Aloeswood is the resinous wood from the Aquilaria tree, an archaic tropical evergreen tree native to northern India, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Southern China and Vietnam. Its scientific name is Aquilara Malaccensis or Aquilaria agallocha. The Aquilaria tree grows up to 40 meters high and 60 centimetres in diameter. It bears sweetly-scented, snow-white flowers. The trees frequently become infected with a parasite fungus or mold, phialophora parasitica, and begin to produce an aromatic resin in response to this attack. The resin of a tree from a natural fungal attack and immune response is commonly known as agar #1.

aquilaria leaves The fungus and decomposition process continue to generate a very rich and dark resin forming within the heartwood. Thus, agarwood develops very, very slowly over time, typically several hundred years!  This produces the earths most valuable and sacred oil.

An inferior resin is created by the deliberate wounding of an aquilaria tree; leaving it more susceptible to a fungal attack by using a forced method. This is commonly called agar #2 and found in commercially grown trees. Kacha Stones does not use oil from this forced method.

November 20th, 2010

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