Fragrant Essential Oil: Sandalwood
Sandalwood oil is perhaps best known in the west as a sweet, warm, rich, and woody essential oil used for body fragrance, and as an ingredient in fragrance products such as incense, perfumes, aftershaves and other cosmetics.
But there’s more to Sandalwood than just its scent. Let’s take a closer look.
Getting to Know Sandalwood Oil
Even if you don’t know the scent of sandalwood, you have probably smelled its woody, sweet and exotic scent, at some point. Sandalwood products, including the oil, are obtained from the sandalwood tree, which is a member of the Santalaceae family – a family known for producing essential oils.
However, the trees are starting to dwindle as more and more people are using the oil in their daily lives, which means that the price of sandalwood oil is going up and up.
Typically, the oil used comes from the white sandalwood. The white sandalwood is an evergreen tree which grows quite tall and beautiful. While the tree can be grown elsewhere, it is found naturally in Eastern India
To get the oil, the heartwood of the tree is used, then steamed for the essential oil. Basically, it is a process in which heated steam is passed through the powdered wood, and what comes out on the other end is the pure oil.
Therapeutically, it's most often used for healthy skin, the nervous system, and muscles and bones. Sandalwood is also an oil high in sesquiterpenes, a naturally occurring chemical compound found in certain essential oils, known for having a positive impact on health and wellness, particular in regards to the brain.
It is one of the oils with the capability of passing the blood-brain barrier, a necessary component to supporting cellular health. But it's probably the emotional wellness and aromatic influence that is more widely known.
Health Benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Are you looking for an increase in a sense of calmness and greater mental clarity in your day to day life? Many of us are stressed out and overwhelmed with so many daily demands that having just a moment of peace and harmony would really help improve our lives.
Sandalwood essential oil can help you achieve more clarity and calmness due to its extensive therapeutic benefits. This special essential oil doesn’t just have an amazing scent, sandalwood can also have an effect on overall well-being and mental health, along with many other surprising healing properties.
To get a break from your daily anxiety, use a few drops of the oil in your hands (or a piece of cloth), and then place your hands over your nose and breathe deeply for at least thirty seconds. Sandalwood oil has an extremely aromatic scent that will instantly trigger the endorphins in your brain and calm you down.
Just be careful that you don’t inhale too deeply or you can get a sneezing attack!
If you (or someone you love) is having a difficult time getting in the mood, mix a few drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil (such as sweet almond, jojoba, avocado oil) on the souls of their feet and massage it in.
Sandalwood essential oil can be blended with other essential oils to create a romantic atmosphere, for example, ylang-ylang, patchouli, rose and jasmine.
Since one of the sandalwood’s benefits is clarity, it also can work as a memory booster.
It is difficult to remember important things when we are overwhelmed and stressed out, therefore using sandalwood oil to promote mental clarity can help improve memory
If you have tried everything you possibly could for hiccups and haven’t seen a result, try sandalwood oil!
Mix a few drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil and rub it over your throat and diaphragm to relax the muscles that are causing the spasms. Whatever you do, do not try to eat or drink the sandalwood oil.
Sandalwood is excellent at treating coughs since it has relaxing properties. It can also help fight bacteria or viruses that are the underlying cause of coughs and other respiratory illness.
Add a few drops to a tissue or washcloth and inhale to help reduce the severity and duration of a cough.
If you are having a difficult time blocking out the rest of the world, a few drops of sandalwood oil on your chest or a few drops in a diffuser will help you to focus. Concentrate on the smell instead of whatever was distracting you, and you will be able to get “in the zone” much more easily.
You can also combine it with these techniques to reduce stress.
Sandalwood Essential Recipes
The traditional sandalwood that we’ve all come to know and love is often referred to as Indian or Mysore Sandalwood as it hails from the subcontinent of India. It is the rich, creamy, deep wood scent that has captivated the world. It is expensive because we have managed to strip India of its entire forests (we are very bad), so now it’s being grown in Australia (very good).
Here are some Sandalwood Recipes you can try at home.
In Conclusion: Is Sandalwood Oil Safe to Use?
There are no major reported side effects to the use of sandalwood. Some people may experience minor skin irritation from its use. People with severe allergies or pregnant should also be careful before trying any type of aromatherapy.
As with any essential oil, a small test patch should be applied to the skin first before using it all over. Sandalwood oil is generally not applied directly to the skin but is usually mixed with a carrier oil or lotion first to dilute it.