Agarwood Oil is a mixture of more than 150 chemical compounds of which a major class known as terpenoids confers the distinct agawrood aroma. These terpeniods are produced through biochemical pathways of metabolism.
Agarwood from Aquilaria plants has been referred to as a rare and enigmatic source of exotic aroma having references in ancient texts of Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Hiuen Tsang’s travelogues and the accounts of Chinese traders who used the Silk Route to carry these fragrant oils to the Middle East. Assam in the North Eastern region of India has been historically a cradle of agarwood aromatics.
Author: Supriyo Sen
Link to full article: THE ASSAM TRIBUNE | HORIZON | 27-05-2016