Much has been said of this prized commodity which has recently crept into Feng Shui usage. Known in many places by different names, the aroma and its health benefits are the main attributes. Popularly called ‘Chen-Xiang’ （沉香）in China and Southeast Asia and ‘Jin-Ko’ in Japan, Agar-Wood alludes itself to its sinking property through the high density within the wood itself.
Native to the Aquilaria specimen, only eight are known to produce Agar-Wood and they can be found in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.
How Agar-wood is formed
For all the demand and mysterious abilities of Agar-Wood, their origin starts with the ‘affliction’ of the Aquilaria tree. This affliction could be the cause of lightning, rapid thunderstorms, natural erosion, animals migration and human intervention.
Once this tree is ‘damaged’, a resin starts forming within the wood and cultivates a period of self-preservation, sometimes under the waters in the marshes.
The resin-embedded wood is commonly called ‘gaharu’, ‘jinko’, ‘aloeswood’ or ‘oud’ from which their extracts are valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus used for incense and perfumes. One of the reasons for the relative rarity and high cost of Agar-wood is the depletion of the wild resource.
The fragrance of Agar-wood can be described as intriguing and pleasant, with few or no similar natural analogues. As a result, Agar-wood and its essential oil gained great cultural and religious significance in ancient civilizations around the world, being mentioned throughout some of the world's oldest written texts.
Properties of Agar-wood
It is said the unique ability of the Agar-wood is to gently touch your body, invigorate your mind, purify your spirit and calm your soul. Traditional Chinese medicine is known to use powdered Agar-wood as a treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. Agar-wood is aphrodisiac, thus often used as a cleansing agent of the body organs and boost one’s energy. The diaphoretic property of the wood qualifies it as an effective detoxification agent.
Benefitting from Agar-wood
Indisputably pervasive, the aroma of Agar-wood can be described as rich and sentimental, sometimes balsamic and at times vanilla-like sweet. As such, they are extensively used as a ‘protective shield’ against negative energies. Where a space is sometimes ‘afflicted’ the use of Agar-wood is often used to maximum impact as a cure. This could be at home or in the office.
Insomnia, hyper-activity, disturbed sleep and difficulties in winding down could be easily solved with a small chip of Agar-wood no bigger than 2cm in a special burner in your bedroom. Children unable to focus will also benefit.The most beneficial use of Agar-wood remains its health returns and healing properties. Its holistic approach towards healing, improving mental capacity, calming of minds, meditative assistance and clearing mental blocks have been proven over the centuries.
The inexpensive way to start seeing the positive benefits for yourself is to activate your ‘Tian Yi’ （天医）or the ‘Heavenly Doctor’ sector (for good health) of your bedroom or your home.
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