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Aloe

In its normal state, it is a boring tree of light, white wood with no fragrance. After attacks by insects or birds or branches broken by wind or rain, sometimes it starts to segregate a resin to cauterize the wounds. This resin spreads through the whole tree in an alchemic process that lasts decades until the wood becomes dark and so heavy that it doesn't float on water. That is why in Japan it is called "jinkoh": wood that sinks. The aloe's fragrance is deep, rich and earthy. A bit spicy and, at the same time, with a balsamic touch. Its fragrance echoes in the soul's depths. It is more expensive than gold and it's much more precious. It is also called calambac. The Japanese call it "jinkoh" or "kyara" and in the Islamic world is known as "oud".  It's the most expensive and appreciated aromatic wood. It's produced by various tree species from the Aquilaria family. It grows in the middle of Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, Filipinas and Borneo’s' jungles. Owes it's scientific name to the Portuguese that recovered its commerce when they arrived in India in 1502 and called it eagle's wood (Aquila), although already in the Old Testament aloe is cited as an incense offering.

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