Gaharu, also commonly known as agarwood, has also been historically valued in many cultures for its unique fragrance, and therefore used in perfumes, incense, oils, and cosmetic products.
It is a resinous wood with a distinct fragrance derived from Aquilaria trees that are found mainly in Asia.
For centuries, ‘Gaharu’ has been renowned for its sacred healing and medicinal properties which is used as a vital element in religious and cultural practices, as well as to alleviate various health conditions.
The dark aromatic resin is produced in the heart centre of the tree wood as a natural defence mechanism against fungi. However, this resin can also be produced by introducing resin-inducing substances or simply produced naturally by the tree itself as its own response system.
The potency of this naturally occurring response by the tree against attack of infection and parasites is translated to our human benefit as a herbal remedy and natural measure of prevention against disease.
Important Health Benefits of Agarwood Tea Include:
1. Fights diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes and an estimated 40,000 people will be newly diagnosed each year in the U.S.
Agarwood leaf extract has been shown to support the fight against diabetes through pharmacological activities which include the effect it has on lowering glucose levels.
Research is also showing how the extract improves glucose uptake transportation by elevating levels of glucose transporter type 4 (GLUT4), a regulator of whole-body glucose homeostasis.
2. Reduces cholesterol
Agarwood leaves contain the organic chemical substance, polyphenol. Polyphenols are agents that can reduce the absorption of cholesterol in your body. Together with antioxidants, they can also help protect the tissues of the body against oxidative stress, cancers, heart disease, and inflammation.
Mangiferin, a natural polyphenol, has also been found useful in treating patients with the genetic disorder of hyperlipidemia by lowering triglycerides and free fatty acids (FFAs). The aqueous extract of Aquilaria sinensis leaves have shown to lower total triglyceride and total cholesterol content.
3. Aides digestion and supports liver function
Because of its high amount of polyphenols, agarwood tea helps kickstart and improve your metabolism. Agarwood tea also acts on gastric juices and supports improved liver function. It helps to relieve intestinal gases and therefore reduces abdominal bloating, pain, and discomfort due to excess and trapped gas. Improving digestion and flushing toxins out of the body is critical to your overall health.
4. Helps weight loss
When excess fat is accumulated in the body, the result is excess weight or even obesity. This condition can cause health and mental problems both in the short and long-term. The condition of obesity is typically measured by a calculation of a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI). If the complete body weight of the person is 20 % more than his/her normal weight range, it is usually considered to be overweight.
Agarwood tea has a history of supporting people with constipation and gently flushing out the body. As a result, weight loss may be observed if that is your goal. People struggling with obesity can find support with agarwood tea.
Agarwood tea also consists of flavonoids which aid the body in releasing excess fat. They help the process of fat burning and provide maximum energy to the body. They also help to improve metabolism which supports removing waste and toxins from the body and leads to less fat absorption.
5. Improves bad breath (halitosis)
The resin from agarwood has been found effective to reduce bad breath and mouth odour for some people. According to the American Dental Association, while halitosis, or bad breath, most often starts in the mouth, bad breath can be a byproduct of certain health conditions.
It may result from infections in the nose, throat or lungs, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, or disturbances in your digestive system. Since agarwood tea also supports the digestive system, this is another added benefit and natural remedy.
6. Treats insomnia and lowers anxiety
The leaves of the agarwood tree contain powerful terpenoids that can offer a relaxing effect on your body and mind. It soothes and reduces the symptoms of stress, so that you can sleep deeper and longer. Agarospirol, in particular, is a terpenoid that helps to soothe the central nervous system, reduce tension, and support people suffering from anxiety and depression. Therefore, agarwood tea may serve as a natural antidepressant for some individuals.
7. Promotes healthy vibrant skin
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Much of how our skin looks on the outside is an indication of our bodies on the inside. Agarwood tea has been used to remove mercury from the body and support skin aging conditions. When toxins are flushed out from the body, you can enjoy radiant blemish-free skin.
8. Natural antifungal and antibacterial
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the original use of agarwood was for anti-corrosive deodorization in ancient China, as well as in Southeast Asia. For example, in Thailand, agarwo