Trầm Hương is the Vietnamese term for Agarwood obtained from Aquilaria crassna. This excellent quality wood has been farm raised in Vietnam. As a personal preference, we prefer A. crassna over the more common A.malaccensis. The fragrant wood is produced when trees from the Aquilaria genus are infected by Phaeoacremonium parasitica or another pathogenic fungus. Without being infected, the wood is almost odorless. This scented wood has been used extensively as incense for thousands of years, especially in Buddhist, Confucian and Hindu traditions. Current research suggests the essential oil from Aquilaria crassna to have anticancer, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties due to the presence of Sesquiterpene β-Caryophyllene.
The wood quickly incinerates when placed upon a hot charcoal, releasing its fragrant smoke quite quickly. Too much heat may actually destroy some of the fragrant volatile oils, though the charcoal method still produces an excellent smoke. For the best experience, use an indirect heating method. Lighting the tip of a piece of Agarwood and then quickly blowing out the flame also works decently. The aroma of Agarwood in general is quite difficult to describe, as it is very complex and unknown from any other sources, either natural and synthetic. In our opinion, A. crassna is sweeter, brighter and more appealing when compared with the standard grades of A. malaccensis we have experienced.
Austronesian tongues Indonesian: Gaharu Malay: Gaharu Papua New Guinea: Ghara
Indian tongues Assamese: Sasi, Sashi Bengali: আগর গাছ "Agor Gach" or "Agoro Gach" Hindi: Agar Kannada: Aguru Urdu: Agar Sanskrit: Aguru Tamil: அகில் "Akil", Telugu: Aguru Tibetan: ཨ་ག་རུ་ "Agaru" Germanic tongues German:Adlerholzbaum Swedish: Örnträd
Latin tongues French: Bois d'aigle, Bois d'aloès
Middle Eastern tongues Arabic:عود "Oud"
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