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Illegal Agarwood
Balung Plantation

Balung Plantation sits on 3,000 acres of volcanic soil on the East Coast of Sabah. It is a sub-division of Kebun Rimau Sdn Bhd and has been a family run plantation since 1979. The plantation is spearheading a range of activities, which includes the development of eco-tourism in South East Asia; sustainable commercial tree planting and the cultivation of organically grown crops. We cultivate crops that promote health and strive to make a difference in people’s lives.

Our plantation is committed to reduce our impact on the environment and strives to innovate in modern sustainable practice through the use of ‘green’ energy by sourcing power from the plantation’s very own hydro-dam, recycling waste for conversion to bio-gas and by fully utilizing discarded bio-mass into steam to operate our distillation plant.

Our team is dedicated and constantly exploring new avenues in sustainability as well as efficient farming techniques. In the near future, we hope to be able to convert our Tapioca waste into energy.

Agarwood Tea Cultivation

Aquilaria Malaccensis also known as Gaharu or Agarwood, has been trusted by Chinese, Greek, Indian (Ayurvedic) and Tibetan physicians for centuries in treating an impressive range of ailments. Agarwood is an evergreen plant that can grow up to fourty metres high from the ground.

Research shows that the leaves of Aquilaria Malaccensis contain compounds with anti-ageing effects due to its content of Vitamin E and Decanoic acid, making the plant a commodity in the cosmetic industry.

In Southeast Asia, Agarwood Tea is believed to help lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels. It is also effective against digestive problems like flatulence and constipation.

There are many descriptions of Gaharu’s medical benefits in the classic Chinese, “ Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao Gangmu).” It is a pharmaceutical text written by Li Shizhen during the Ming Dynasty of China (first draft of text in 1578) and, “ Herbal Preparation (Bencao Beiyao) ” essay by Wang Ang (1694).

Agarwood Tea is made solely from the leaves of Aquilaria Malaccensis, giving it a slightly bitter, delicate flavour. In Chinese medicine, bitterness is often equated to heightened health benefits. Recent studies show that these leaves are rich with genkwanin glycosides – natural chemicals widely known as having cosmetic benefits. It is said that genkwanin glycosides are capable of removing mercury efficiently. Agarwood tea that contains genkwanin glycosides has many dietary benefits and is believed to help slow down the ageing process.

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