Good-quality incense can calm us down and add pleasure to our life. Ancient Chinese literates enjoyed their life elegantly with incense and so do modern incense-lovers. In the long history of incense, agilawood has been thought highly of and there is a reason for it. Among the four famous incense materials, agilawood is considered the best, followed by sandalwood, ambergris, and musk. Presumably, the value of agilawood is greatly recognized.
Agilawood is acclaimed as the diamond in the field of wood, or black gold in the forest simply because of its crystallization process. Biologically, agilawood belongs to Thymelaeaceae, Aquilaria. To protect itself after surviving a thunder, storm, insects’ bites, or animals’ gnawing, agilawood secretes resin to heal its wounds. In the self-healing process, agilawood can be infected with germs of all kinds. Additionally, the environment, temperature, humidity, and even the sun and the moon altogether affect the growth of agilawood. Therefore, decades or even centuries later, agilawood turns to be as aromatic as can be.
In the Song dynasty, a man called Din-wei did ample research on agilawood. He stated that the aroma of agilawood is for the heaven and agilawood can do wonders. Moreover, Su-shi also described agilawood as unique and marvelous. The fragrance of agilawood is so special and rare that its scent is actually beyond any depiction.
Agilawood lives in the woods. Challenging as the environment is, agilawood still grows tough and the rare aroma emanating from agilawood reaches the mundane world. Last but not least, as we appreciate the smell of burning agilawood, we may well ponder over how we can live our life to the fullest.