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BOTANICAL NAME Santalum album

PARTS USED
Heartwood

EXTRACTION METHOD
Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION
Base

AROMA & COLOR
Brownish-yellow; with a heavy, sweet, woody
and fruity aroma which is pungently balsamic

HISTORY
The true sandalwood, Santalum album, is a tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent. Sandalwood’s harvest is viable after about 40–50 years, when the heartwood, the center of the slender trunk, has achieved its greatest circumference and greatest oil content. It is this heartwood and the roots that are fragrant and contain the oil.

The long history of Sandalwood in the cultural and spiritual life of Asia spans more than 4000 years. The wood has been: carved into furniture, temples, and religious icons; burned as incense in Buddhist and Hindu temples; and used in Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Long before its therapeutic qualities were known, Sandalwood essential oil was used in yogic and other meditative practices to harness stillness of mind and unity of being, creating what researchers call a “calm awareness.”

Common Uses

  • Mental Clarity – One of the primary sandalwood benefits is that it promotes mental clarity and attentiveness, one of the reasons it’s often used for meditation, prayer, or other spiritual rituals. Try inhaling sandalwood oil next time you have a big deadline that requires mental focus, but you still want to remain calm during the process.
  • Relaxing and Calming – Studied for its effects of stimulating the pineal gland, responsible for the limbic region (emotional center) of the brain and regulating sleep. Which makes it a good oil to help improve sleep cycles, balance emotions or just deal with a hectic daily schedule.
  • Skin Health & Anti-aging – Sandalwood is high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote aging. Try adding five drops of sandalwood oil to an unscented lotion and applying it directly to the face for natural anti-aging benefits or to help treat acne and eczema; reduce the appearance of scars and promote healthy looking skin.
  • Natural Aphrodisiac – Indian Sandalwood Oil is the most potent natural aphrodisiac in aromatherapy, increasing libido and sexual response. Sandalwood oil is similar to a man’s natural body scent and, though barely perceptible, sends out a highly effective erotic signal to the opposite sex.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.