What is Oud?
Oud is a resinous heartwood from the Aquilaria species, an evergreen heartwood from the Thymelaeaceae family. The heartwood is historically used for religious, therapeutic and perfumery purposes. The resinous heartwood is found in certain trees. Only the Aquilaria trees with this infection actually have aloeswood.
Oud chips are mostly burned on charcoal or using an electric incense burner to perfume the rich fragrance produced in form of thick smoke. In most cases, this fragrance is used during special occasions such as weddings, love-centered occasions or during relaxing moments. In the Arabian culture, it is a traditional gesture to pass Oud or Bukhoor among the invited guests as it was viewed to be a hospitality gesture. Additionally, the guests would feel the warm welcome in that homestead through the fragrance produced.
Oud is known with different names such as aloeswood, calambac, agarwood, gaharu, and eagleswood.
How to burn Oud & Bakhoor?
1. Choose your burner
It is recommended to have a Coal burner dedicated for raw wood and another burner for Bakhoor and scented wood which leave a residual scent that effects the raw wood burning experience.
2. Light a Coal
Place a coal in your burner. Apply direct flame with a hand-held torch flame until coal is entirely red. For the optimum burn, allow coal to sit for 2-5 minutes creating a thin layer of grey ash.
3. Select a burnable
Place your selected burnable on the center of the coal and press gently with tongs to insure the wood has been properly placed.
4. Enjoy the experience
Apply smoke to both sides of each hand, on your right side, then left side, behind your right ear, then finally behind your left ear
If sharing with others, pass the burner to your right, allowing others to fumigate and patiently wait for the burn to return. Continue the rotation until smoke is no longer emitted and refill as needed.