How aloeswood/oud is beneficial to wellness?
Health: From a wellness standpoint, oud has been used for millennia in traditional Chinese (TCM), Tibetan, Ayurvedic, and Unani (Graeco-Arabic) medicines, in many different applications from rubs to tinctures to teas. In traditional Chinese medicine, agarwood is used as a qi-regulating drug...to relieve gastric problems, coughs, rheumatism, and high fever. It can promote qi-circulation to relieve pain...and regulate respiration to relieve asthma.” (Wang, et. al 2018)
Oud has also been proven to work as an anti-inflammatory. In the same study quoted above, it was found that “Agarwood essential oil has an anti-inflammatory function, significantly reducing...proinflammatory production.”
Spirituality: From a religious and sacred perspective, aloeswood/oud is mentioned several times in both in the Bible and Islamic Hadith (spoken traditions of the Prophet Muhammad), and is also used in a variety of religious ceremonies ranging from Islamic prayer and burial observances to Buddhist rituals from Vietnam, Japan, China, and Taiwan.
Aromatherapy: Aloeswood/oud has also been used as an ingredient in many western perfumes for hundreds of years, and this trend shows no signs of abating.
Communal: In the middle east aloeswood/oud is highly prized and burned for guests as a sign of respect and in Japan aloeswood/oud is used in the ancient koh dohor “listening to incense” ceremony (Burfield, et. al).