Sandalwood Essential Oil Properties (Santalum album)
Sandalwood essential oil is extracted from the Sandalwood tree, native to the East Indies. The divinely sweet aroma, a softly balsamic base-note, evokes the Earth element at its most sensual yet deeply tranquil. Sandalwood essential oil has a warm, earthy, precious-wood scent.
- 100% Pure, Concentrated, Undiluted
- Therapeutic Quality
- Steam Distilled from Sandalwood
- Country of Origin: India
Sandalwood Essential Oil Packaged
Amber glass bottle with Euro dropper. Tamper proof safety seal. Shrink wrapped.
Background Information on Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood has been grown extensively for many years in India and recently in Australia. In the Hindu religion, it is considered holy and indispensable to practically all rituals and ceremonies performed, from the birth of an individual until their passing away. It is offered to many Hindu male and female deities. It is used to adorn new-born children and also to adorn brides and bridegrooms on days of wedding.
Steam distillation to extract essential oil from the tree only happens when the trees are at least 40 years old although the preferred age is 80 years. This is mostly because the older the tree, the stronger the aroma. The quantity of oil produced also increases with the age of the tree.
Sandalwood essential oil possesses antiseptic, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, disinfectant, expectorant, memory-boosting, sedative and many more properties. It has attained a position of dignity and respect in multiple civilizations and religions around the world. This essential oil along with the paste of sandalwood is used in many medicines and in skin and cosmetic products. It possesses a freshening property hence its use in many industrial products including mouth fresheners and deodorants.
Sandalwood Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Sandalwood essential oil is high in sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds which have been studied in Europe for stimulation of the pineal gland and the limbic region of the brain – the center of our emotions.
Sandalwood is clarifying and stilling to the mind. This oil is refreshing to an overheated body, sandalwood is thought to reconnect one to the primordial state of being. Known to diminish the need to ‘overthink’, sandalwood can instill a sense of inner unity, helping re-establish an acceptance of reality as it is. This oil is helpful aid to those who have addictive thinking patterns. The aroma of sandalwood is sedative, with possible antidepressant effects.*
Sandalwood essential oil helps relieve inflammation in the digestive system and the circulatory system.* It also behaves as an expectorant and is particularly effective in treating common colds, coughs and combating bronchitis.* This oil has also been used to treat chronic bronchitis.
Diffuse or apply topically. Sandalwood can be worn undiluted as a natural perfume. It is excellent in skin care recipes at 1-5% concentration for dry skin.
See our references at the bottom of this page for additional information.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
Sandalwood Essential Oil Uses and Benefits / Blends
- Blend equal parts of sandalwood essential oil with geranium, lavender, frankincense, rosemary and lemon essential oils and to skin to prevent wrinkles.
- Blend sandalwood with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the hair to arrest dryness and promote lushness.
- Blend 5 drops each of sandalwood, lavender and patchouli essential oils with 8 drops of cypress. Apply to skin before going to bed with a roller bottle for a skin-firming blend.
Sandalwood Essential Oil Safety Tips
Mix with a carrier oil. Maximum skin use level is 2%