Agarwood, also known as oud, oodh or agar, is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with ‘Bakhoor’) and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.
One of the main reasons for the relative rarity and high cost of agarwood is the depletion of the wild resource. Since 1995 Aquilaria malaccensis, the primary source, has been listed in In 2004 all Aquilaria species were listed in Appendix II; however, a number of countries have outstanding reservations regarding that listing.
8 Benefits of Drinking Agarwood Tea
1. It’s a natural detoxifier!
2. It’s a natural way to remove harmful toxins from your body (such as mercury).
3. Agarwood tea is a natural diuretic to get your digestive system on “track”.
4. It promotes healthy, clear skin.
5. It stabilizes blood sugar
6. Agarwood tea helps blood flow
7. It’s caffeine and sugar free
8. Agarwood tea also promotes healthy body weight (it may also help promote healthy weight loss).
Ways to Drink Agarwood Tea Leaves: You can receive the same health benefits from drinking the tea either hot or cold. Either, steep the leaves in boiling water, or strain and refrigerate to drink it cold.
Do’s and Don’ts of Agarwood Tea
Do ensure that you purchase a chemical free and premium product
Do try to drink tea made with full leaf teas (did you know that bagged tea only uses the tips of tea leaves?)
Don’t get fooled into buying agarwood tea made from the bark of the tree (it is illegal and environmentally unsustainable).
Don’t get trapped into buying large quantities, or low-grade tea from wholesalers who seem to dominate the market (there are small business out there too).