Uses of Agarwood Essential Oil
1. The Mind
Agarwood essential oil is used for countless physical purposes but it is its long history of use in matters of the mind and for spiritual purposes that probably sets it apart.
Ayurvedic practitioners have long used agarwood oil for its ability to provide spiritual and emotional benefits. According to Ayurvedic tradition, agarwood oil illuminates the mind and strengthens the power of thought, elevates your emotional quotient and when used in meditation can set you on the path to spiritual enlightenment. When inhaled, the fragrance of agarwood essential oil helps focus the mind and get rid of negativity.
It can be used to alleviate some of today’s common complaints such as stress and anxiety while increasing feelings of calm and tranquility.
- You can inhale a few drops directly when necessary or diffuse it next to your bed at night. Agarwood oil can help with insomnia because one of its natural compounds is valerian which is associated with its ability to promote calm and deeper sleep.
Tibetan monks use agarwood essential oil to increase their inner energy and bring tranquility to the mind and the soul while in Feng Shui agarwood is used because of its ability to enrich one’s spirit and penetrate the senses. In meditation, agarwood is used to clear the mind allowing absolute focus with the self; it instills absolute inner peace, positive energy and enhanced awareness.
2. Rheumatism and pain relief
Agarwood oil has been used for many years and is still used today to alleviate many painful conditions including rheumatism and other forms of arthritis. This oil has anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it a useful natural and safe treatment for those looking for effective pain relief.
- Dilute your agarwood oil with a suitable carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba to make a wonderful pain relieving massage oil. Alternatively you can add a few drops of agarwood essential oil to a hot compress and apply it over the affected area.
3. Sex drive
There is a large body of writing associating agarwood essential oil with sexual problems. It is widely claimed that agarwood oil has aphrodisiac properties-it can enhance the libido, boost sperm count and even combat premature ejaculation.
- When applied to the skin, the scent is released slowly over around 12 to 15 hours but be careful to do a patch test first or to be on the safe side simply dilute it with alcohol or a fragrant carrier oil.
4. Diuretic function
Agarwood essential oil has diuretic properties meaning that it promotes more frequent urination as well as increasing the quantity of urine produced. This means that agarwood essential oil can be used to help detoxify the body and clean out any excess salt and uric acid that can lead to a number of complaints.
5. Digestive Function
Agarwood essential oil has been used throughout the centuries to treat a number of digestive issues. Agarwood has carminative and stomachic properties that can help relieve embarrassing and painful gas build up in the stomach while also preventing any build-up of gas for those who are prone.
- When massaged into the tummy, Agarwood essential oil is also said to support the secretion of digestive acids and gastric juices and relieve indigestion and bloating.
- Japanese research has shown that the leaves of Agarwood can be used in a tea to act as a natural laxative. (2)
Agarwood essential oil is also used as a general skin tonic and can help nourish the skin and treat a number of skin conditions. Agarwood essential oil helps to repair damaged skin cells and fight the damage caused by the free radicals that we face every day. Many of the signs of aging such as wrinkles and age marks can be treated with agarwood essential oil.
- Add a drop of agarwood oil to your normal face cleanser to improve the tone and complexion of your facial skin.
7. Other Uses
There are a considerable number of other medicinal uses for agarwood essential oil that I do not have the time to go into in any detail. They include epilepsy; liver complains such as cirrhosis and hepatitis; fever and chills. It is used for delivery pain during and after birth, nausea and vomiting. It has even been used to treat a variety of cancers such as gastric, abdominal and lung cancer but I have been unable to find any scientific proof regarding its efficacy in this regard.
Research on Agarwood and its Compounds
- Research on mice have shown compounds in Agarwood have an anesthetic and sedative effect.
- Another compound was shown to be effective as a cough reliever
- In mice some compounds showed a CNS benefit–antimicrobial – against MRSA, Candida and Staph (but ineffective vs e. Coli)
- One compound showed a strong antioxidant effect in humans
- Another Agarwood compound showed potential as a cell killing agent for gastric cancer cells