Gaharu

Plantations International Launches Centre of Gaharu Excellence

Plantations International through its fully owned Indonesian subsidiary PT Gaharu Kapita Indonesia hosted myriad of dignitaries from local government and the military to commemorate its grand opening of “The Centre of Gaharu Excellence “ in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Centre of Gaharu Excellence is a 20 year joint collaboration project between Plantations International's PT Gaharu Kapita Indonesia and The Instiper Agricultural Institute in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The main purpose of The Centre of Gaharu Excellence is to produce the highest quality Gaharu / Agarwood Chips and Oud Oil for the export market and provide Gaharu farmers throughout Indonesia with the knowledge and technical [...]

Saving Agarwood from Extinction

There are many names for the resinous, fragrant heartwood produced primarily by trees in the genus Aquilaria. The commoner names include agarwood, aloeswood, eaglewood, gaharu or oudh, and it is also mentioned in the Old Testament as ‘aloe’ or ‘ahaloth’. This valuable and highly fragrant wood has been used in many ways for over two thousand years, especially as incense in Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic traditional ceremonies, and as a significant component of traditional Ayurvedic, Tibetan and Far Eastern medicine and Middle Eastern perfumes. The genus Aquilaria of the Thymelaeaceae (Daphne family) consists of generally fast-growing trees found in lowland tropical [...]

Liquid Gold Rush Endangers Agarwood Trees

Sorja Tan remembers a time when it was easy to find agarwood trees – tall, straight jungle giants – that grew in the forest reserves here. Now, there are days when he leaves the forest after a long day of gaharu collecting empty-handed. “In the past, if you go to the forest, agarwood trees were not rare. You could find them close together here and there. Now, there are only a few left,” said the 22-year-old of the Temiar tribe living nearby. agarwood trees – or aquilaria malaccensis – are being logged by the tens of thousands in Malaysian jungles, mostly [...]

Agarwood Visitors Centre in Yogyakarta

Plantations International, through its local Indonesian subsidiary PT Gaharu Kapita Indonesia, has just opened its brand-new Agarwood visitors centre on its state-of-the-art agarwood plantation Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The visitor centre will act as the starting point for plantation inspection visits for Plantations International clients visiting from Singapore, Australia as well as all parts of Indonesia. When not being used by clients, the visitors centre will act as an educational facility for local farmers who desire to learn the latest Agarwood planting and cultivation techniques. Agarwood — or Gaharu, as it is known in many Asian countries — is a resinous heartwood that [...]

What is Agarwood

Agarwood or Gaharu as it is known in many Asian countries is a resinous heartwood that occurs in trees belonging to the genus Aquilaria. The Aquilaria tree is a fast-growing, subtropical forest tree, with a population range stretching from South Asia’s Himalayan foothills, throughout Southeast Asia, and into the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. It grows at elevations from a few meters above sea level to about 1000 meters, with approx. 500 meters being most ideal. Aquilaria can grow on a wide range of soils, including poor sandy soil. Seedlings require a great deal of shade and water but will grow [...]

The Medicinal Powers of Agarwood Oud Oil

Agarwood Oud Oil Legend has it that Agarwood, also known as the ‘Wood of God’ was the only thing Adam & Eve where permitted tree to take from the Garden of Eden when they where kicked out, Agarwood is the resinous heartwood of the Aquilaria tree and has been used across the globe for extracting its therapeutic essential oud oil and mesmerizing fragrance ranges. Hitting the heaven’ is the kind of feeling one can get at breathing in the aromatic aura of Agarwood oud oil. Held high as the most captivating fragrance for progressing towards a divine journey, Agarwood and its [...]

Higher Price as Men Crave Rare Oud Oil from Agarwood

Oud oil distilled from Agarwood comes from from the Aquilaria tree that is native to south east asia. Agarwood is by far the worlds most expensive wood. The first time Mike Perez wore dehn al-oud -- an essential oil distilled from the agarwood resin of Asian Aquilaria trees -- he was so appalled by the smell that he hid inside his home. “I put on way too much, and frankly, it smelled like animal butt,” says Perez, a 42-year-old manager for Barclay’s Real Estate Group in Miami. Fragrances reveal their true nature as they evaporate on the skin, Bloomberg Pursuits magazine will [...]