Sandalwood santalum album of the Santalaceae family is a small tree grown in India and Indonesia known for its rich, warm, woody aroma. Sandalwood is one of the oldest essential oils dating back to biblical times. It has a thicker viscosity, is yellowish in tint and is becoming very rare. Trees about 30-40 years mature are uprooted during the rainy season and harvested for multiple uses including distillation of the roots and heartwood for it’s essential oil. Sandalwood has been used historically in ceremonial or ritual work along with in the embalming process. It has also been used for mediation and to re-moisturize or normalize the skin.
Today, Sandalwood is used for it’s antidepressant, astringent, antiseptic, and restorative properties. From anxiety and depression to scarring, swelling, and sore throats, it is a great oil to have in your natural medicine cabinet and first aid kit.
Along with it’s healing and calmative properties (like in our LXR Blend) , Sandalwood is also a known aphrodisiac and is popular among those looking for a more masculine scent (such as in our Legend Salve).
Other Ideas for Use:
1. Diffuse for its Aphrodisiac effect or to help clear coughs, chest infections, insomnia, tension or stress.
2. Blend with lotions, creams or use in bath to help with eczema, insomnia, moisturizing the skin and to relieve nervous tension.
3. Orally gargle with a few drops of oil and a few ounces of water to help provide relief from a dry or sore throat.