Sandalwood is a class of fragrant woods that, unlike other aromatic woods, can retain their fragrance for decades. Sandalwood is an evergreen, parasitic tree that burrows its roots into other trees. It can grow up to 9 meters (30 feet) high and has a brown-gray trunk, many smooth slender branches, leathery leaves and small pink-purple flowers.
Unless labeled as “Hawaiian”, all sandalwood oil comes from the East Indian heartwood and roots of the tree Santalum album.
It can take thirty to sixty years for a tree to reach full maturity, when it is cut and distilled and the yellowish wood is sold in thin scrapings.
Both the wood and oil have been highly valued for centuries and Sandalwood has a documented history of many applications. It was traditionally used as an incense in religious ceremonies and for enhancing meditation, and the Egyptians used sandalwood for embalming.
Sandalwood is very beneficial to the skin; it can help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and it promotes a healthy, smooth complexion. Sandalwood has a sweet, woody aroma that can enhance mood and is frequently used in meditation for its grounding effects.
This oil is commonly used in aromatherapy for different symptoms. Japanese researchers discovered that inhaling sandalwood oil can have sedating effects on sleep disturbed rats due to a compound known as santalol.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Sandalwood Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Sandalwood?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
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- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “sandalwood essential oil” or “benefits of essential oils“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Promotes healthy looking, smooth skin
- Reduces the appearance of scars and skin imperfections
- Enhances mood
- Frequently used in meditation for its grounding and uplifting properties
- For an at-home spa experience, fill a large bowl with steaming water, then apply one to two drops of Sandalwood to your face and cover head with a towel. Place your face above the steaming water. Your skin will feel nourished and rejuvenated.
- Apply one to two drops to wet hair to help restore moisture and give hair a silky shine.
- Inhale Sandalwood directly from palms or diffuse to lessen tension and balance emotions.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 . oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
Plant Part: Wood
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Woody, dry, sweet
Main Chemical Components: α- santalol