Agarwood Essential Oil Benefits and Uses (Oud Oil) - EO Spotlight

Agarwood Essential Oil Benefits and Uses (Oud Oil) - EO Spotlight

Agarwood essential oil is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world. Emotionally, it inspires strength and can deepen a sense of personal awareness. This highly coveted essential oil is not commonly found in most oilers collection. Find out agarwood essential oil benefits and uses, plus a few DIY recipes to try.

Agarwood Essential Oil Facts - Oud Oil by Loving Essential Oils

Agarwood Essential Oil Facts

This precious oil is often used as a base ingredient in commercial fragrances but what is really wonderful is that oud essential oil can be used as a natural cologne all on its own. This essential oil is extracted from the fungus-infected wood of the agarwood tree, commonly called the “wood of the gods”. 

The process to make the essential oil is very special. The wood is naturally pale in color and nearly odorless but when the wood is threatened by mold, it produces a dark, aromatic oleoresin to get rid of the fungus. This creates a dark, fragrant, resin-rich heartwood. The heartwood is then harvested and steam distilled to make the rare oil.

Need an Agarwood Essential Oil Substitution? Agarwood has a very unique aroma but you can try rich wood oils like Buddha wood, Sandalwood, Rosewood, or Ho wood.

Botanical Name Aquilaria crassna
Botanical Family Thymelaeaceae
Aka Oud, Aloewood, Agar
Note Base
Aroma Woody, sweet, smoky, leathery
Extraction Method Steam Distillation
Plant Part Used Wood
Shelf Life 20 years+
Kid Safe? No
Safety Concerns Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant


Agarwood Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Agarwood essential oil blends well with just about any essential oil and tends to add depth and complexity to oil blends.

When using essential oils topically, it is best practice to dilute them in a carrier oil first before applying to the skin. Jojoba and fractionated coconut oil are popular choices.

Agarwood Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

When using agarwood oil for aromatherapy, patience is needed. This rare oil is very thick and it can be slow to get a drop to come out of the bottle. Good thing is that one drop can really go a long way.

It is frequently used as a base when making natural perfume/cologne. Many also like to enjoy adding this calming oil to their meditation routine. Just inhale the aroma to help you to enter a deeply spiritual state. 

  • Strengthens concentration
  • Promotes inner peace and balance
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Enhances meditation
  • Powerful natural aphrodisiac
  • Soothes ongoing stress
  • Inspires strength and clarity
  • Supports greater personal awareness
  • Eases muscle spasms

Where to Buy Agarwood Essential Oil

This may be a highly coveted and pricey oil but users agree that it is worth every penny. When buying, it is important to buy from a sustainable source and a quality essential oil company, because of the high cost it may be adulterated.

Remember that the heartwood is used to create this oil, so that means the tree is cut down. It is important to ensure that it is ethically harvested and trees are being replanted when they are cut down. 

If you are looking to buy this pure essential oil, here is a brand that I like to use.

Edens Garden - Agarwood Oud Oil:

Where to Buy Agarwood Essential Oil - from Edens Garden Oud Oil

Agarwood Essential Oil Recipes

Looking for some ways to include this resinous oil into your DIY blends? Here are 3 simple yet effective agarwood essential oil blend recipes.

1. Oud Roll-on Perfume

Oud essential oil can be used to assist with situational anxiety and depression. Use this simple perfume roll on to enjoy a calm and balanced state.

Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to the roll-on bottle. Shake to blend together, then roll onto pulse points and upper chest.

2. Agarwood Diffuser Blend - Scent of Nirvana

Diffusing agarwood allows its warm, grounding fragrance to relax both mind and body. Here is a blend that includes the power of just one drop of agar oil.

  • 4 drops of Mandarin essential oil
  • 3 drops of Blood Orange essential oil
  • 2 drops of Pink Pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop of Agarwood essential oil

Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.

 Agarwood Diffuser Blend - Secret of Nirvana by Loving Essential Oils with mandarin, blood orange, pink pepper and oud oil.

3. Agarwood Inhaler Blend for Meditation

The ancient fragrance of Oud has been enjoyed in religious ceremonies for centuries to enhance centeredness and focus. Inhale this blend to improve meditation.

  • 4 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 4 drops Copaiba essential oil
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops Agarwood essential oil
  • Blank Aromatherapy Inhaler

Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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