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Promoting the soul’s development to its highest levels. "A Plant a Day" - Agarwood, Oud, Aloeswood, Eaglewood (Aquilaria spp. trees infected with Phialophora parasitica)- Agarwood is one of the most treasured of all incenses, and one of the most expensive plant materials in the world, fetching prices of US$20-6,000/kg for the wood chips, and a global market estimated at around 8 billion! It is a strange and much sought-after incense that is produced as a defense mechanism in the wood of a tree that has been harmed or infected by a fungus. Excess resin production results in response to the fungal attack, and the incense is a special combination of the fungus and the defense resin, which then produces a specific range of scents. Agarwood is the most important of the incenses to Japan and is used not only in Buddhist rituals and meditation, but also for the unique Japanese “ceremony” or game called koh-do. In Arabia it has similar associations of being the most cherished of incenses, and is thought to promote the soul’s development to its highest levels. Agarwood is used in Islamic festivities, such as the twenty-seventh day of Ramadan (the celebratory feast for the birth of the prophet and the conclusion of fasting). In Morocco, Agarwood is burned on the day of a child’s naming, and the Sufi burn the oil or wood during ritual activities of the initiation of the soul into the greater mysteries of life. Scientific investigation into the chemical composition, cultivation techniques, and pharmacological activities has been mounting. Pharmacological activities include neural activity, gastrointestinal regulation, antibacterial and antifungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiasthma, cytotoxic, antidiabetes, and antioxidant activity.
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