Sandalwood Essential Oil

Santalum Austrocaledonicum

Sandalwood Essential Oil has a pleasant woody, exotic smell that's subtle and lingering. It has been used for over 4,000 years for its exotic scent and has become a welcome ingredient in fragrances, cosmetics and personal care products.

It has been used in cultural and spiritual rituals and is known to calm the senses, reduce tension and for the treatment of somatic and mental disorders.

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What is Sandalwood Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Sandalwood Essential Oil

Family:  Santalaceae
Origins:  Native of tropical Asia, especially India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan. India is the main producer. Some of the oil is distilled in Europe and the USA. 
Other Names:  White sandalwood, East Indian sandalwood, sandalwood Mysore, sanders-wood, santal (oil) 
Description:  Small evergreen, parasitic tree with a brown-grey trunk and smooth branches. Leathery leaves and pink-purple flowers. The tree must be 30 years old before it can produce oil. 
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Dried and powdered roots and heartwood

Principal Constituents:  Santalols (90%), santene, teresantol, borneol, santalone, and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition 
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution

Suggested Uses

Anti Aging

As we age we face increasing attacks from damaged cells called “free radicals” which attack our healthy cells contributing to aging, arthritis, cancer and heart disease etc. 

The most powerful weapon we can use against free radicals comes in the form of “antioxidants” which can be found in foods such as red/purple berries, dark green vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and ….. some essential oils.  

Sandalwood Essential Oil is high in antioxidants so add a few drops to your face lotion for some anti aging benefits.

Other Oils for Anti Aging

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Cold and Flu

Sandalwood Essential Oil can be used to treat symptoms of a cold or flu either alone or as part of a blend.

  • Diffusing Sandalwood will help ease the symptoms of laryngitis, bronchitis, excess mucous and sore throat.
  • Take a bath with 15 drops of Sandalwood in a cup of Epsom salts
  • Blend with a carrier oil at a 50:50 ratio and massage the solution on your back, chest, neck and sinus.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu

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Cough

Diffuse Sandalwood Essential Oils or add a few drops to a hot bath to relieve chest congestion and calm your coughing.

Other Oils for Cough

Depression

Sandalwood Oil can be used in a diffuser to calm your mind and promote spiritual balance, both important in a depression remedy.

  • Rub a couple drops into your palms and inhale through your mouth and nose to dismiss feelings of anxiety, overcome depression, insomnia and stress.
  • Massage a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and carrier oil such as fractionated coconut on your hands and feet to ease negative emotions.
  • Add a few drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil to a cup of Epsom Salts in your bath to relieve insomnia.
  • Rub a couple drops on your forehead to promote relaxation
  • Sandalwood massaged onto the back of your neck will promote short as well as long term memory.
  • Diffuse 20 drops to overcome depression, insomnia and stress

Other Oils for Depression

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Digestive System

To treat diarrhea or nausea:

  • Massage Sandalwood Oil clockwise in a 50:50 blend with carrier oil over your abdomen or 
  • Run a hot bath and add 15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts.

Other Oils for Digestion

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Emotional Balance

  • Add a few drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil to your bath to relieve insomnia.
  • Rub a couple drops on your forehead to promote relaxation
  • Sandalwood massaged onto the back of your neck will promote short as well as long term memory.
  • Rub a couple drops into your palms and inhale through your mouth and nose to dismiss feelings of anxiety.
  • Sandalwood can also be diffused in order to calm your mind and promote spiritual balance.
  • Diffuse 20 drops to overcome depression, insomnia and stress
  • Massage a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and carrier oil on your hands and feet to ease negative emotions.

Other Oils for Emotional Balance

Heart Health

Strengthen your heart with a

  • 50:50 Sandalwood Oil/carrier oil massage of the heart area of your feet.
  • hot bath using 15 drops of Sandal wood in 1 cup Epsom salts.

Other Oils for Heart Health

Inflammation

Add a few drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil to a hot bath to relieve bladder infections.

A few drops can be taken internally in a gelatin cap to address inflammation of your digestive tract as well as your circulatory, nervous, and urinary systems. Gelatin caps are available from Amazon 

Massage your abdomen with a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and carrier oil then put a hot damp cloth over the area to assist penetration of the oil. Heat can also be applied.

Other Oils for Inflammation

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Insomnia

Sandalwood Essential Oil works great as an insomnia remedy.

Add a few drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil to a cup of Epsom salts in a relaxing bath to relieve insomnia.

Rub a couple drops on your forehead to promote relaxation

At bed time, diffuse 20 drops of chamomile oil into the room to calm your mind and fight insomnia.

Massage a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and carrier oil on your hands and feet to ease negative emotions and relax.

Other Oils for Insomnia

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The ability of Sandalwood Oilss to mimic ibuprofen non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that act by inhibiting cyclooxygenases suggests a possible mechanism for the observed anti-inflammatory properties of topically applied SOs and provides a rationale for use in products requiring anti-inflammatory effects

Pubmed.gov

Pain Management

Sandalwood Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can be effectively used to help with lower back pain, neuralgia and sciatica.

Add 15 drops to a cup of Epsom salts and pour it into a nice hot bath.

Dilute some sandalwood with carrier oil in a 50:50 blend to massage into trouble areas.

Respiratory System

Sandalwood Essential Oil can be diffused or added to a hot bath to relieve stress and support your respiratory function.

Massage the oil over your throat and diaphragm to stop hiccups.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System

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Skin Treatment

Sandalwood Oil, has a long list of aromatic, internal and topical uses, and is said to offer more benefits to the skin than any other oil or botanical.

  • For acne, chapped, cracked or dry skin apply Sandalwood Essential Oil directly on small areas or dilute it with carrier oil if the area is larger. 
  • Acne can also be treated by adding a couple drops of Sandalwood  to your daily skin lotion.
  • Wrinkles can be reduced by massaging them with undiluted Sandalwood.
  • A few drops of Sandalwood can be used as a natural underarm deodorant.
  • Men can use it as an aftershave and moisturizer.

Other Oils for Your Skin

Main Page - Skin Treatment

Stress Management

Sandalwood Oil can be used in a diffuser to calm your mind and promote spiritual balance or rub a couple drops into your palms and inhale through your mouth and nose to dismiss feelings of anxiety,  overcome depression, insomnia and stress.

Massage a 50:50 blend of Sandalwood and carrier oil on your hands and feet to ease negative emotions.

Other Oils for Stress

Main Page - Stress Management

Combine With Other Oils

Blends well with: 

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