Eaglewood, treasure of the forest
The agarwood tree
The agarwood tree is a large, evergreen, rather slow-growing deciduous tree, which reaches stature heights of up to 40m and trunk diameter of 1.5 to 2.5m. Other names include Aquilaria malaccensis, Aquilaria crassna, Aquilaria microcarpa and Aquilaria filaria.
History to the Agarwood
Agarwood has a millennia-old history and is one of the most sought-after and expensive raw materials in the world. It, or rather its resin, exudes a special and soothing scent, which provides relaxation and is also used in aromatherapy. The Agarwood is also called Oud (Arabic) or Gaharu (Asia). Oudh, Kinam, Kyara, Jinko, Paradiesholz, Aloeholz or Aloeswood are other names.
Oudhöl - resin
It sometimes happens that this tree species is attacked by an insect that infects it with parasites. As a defense reaction against the infection, the tree secretes a secretion, which ultimately represents the Oudh oil.
The quality grade of the Oudh wood can be interpreted by the increase, the density, the fragrance and the weight / volume ratio. However, there are fakes in which these attributes are artificially falsified.
Smoke eagle wood
Agarwood is smoked indirectly on glowing coal or an incense burner. The coal should not contain any chemicals or additives. The oil, which is in the wood, should evaporate, without that the wood burns itself. Therefore, the wood should not lie directly on the coal. Smoked sand is also suitable.
Al Bakhoor is basically a mixture of wood chips dipped in perfumed oil and mixed with other natural ingredients such as resin and essential oils. These are usually burned in charcoal or incense burners to gain the rich fragrance in the form of dense smoke. In most cases, this fragrance is used on special occasions such as weddings, love events or in restful moments. In Arab culture, it is a traditional gesture to pass Bukhoor among the invited guests as this is considered a hospitality gesture.