Sandalwood essential oil is derived from the sandalwood tree by steam distillation and has a deep, woodsy scent. The oil is sensual and exotic with an aroma that lingers on clothing for weeks. Sandalwood oil is warming, purifying, and relaxing. It is antidepressant, antiseptic, and antispasmodic. Sandalwood essential oil is often used in aromatherapy.
Sandalwood essential oil is used as a tonic for the urinary tract and the kidneys. It is good when treating sore throat and chest infection. Sandalwood can soothe stubborn bouts of bronchitis when nothing else seems to help.
Sandalwood essential oil stimulates the immune system. It can be dabbed neat on swollen lymph glands. Sandalwood helps heal eczema, boils, and acne. It relieves itching especially on the neck and scalp. It is an excellent addition to hair rinses and aftershave. Sandalwood is often used in the treatment of dandruff.
This essential oil is good for treating upset stomach, heartburn, and diarrhea. It has a calming effect on the whole digestive system.
Sandalwood essential oil helps regulate the reproductive system. It is similar to androsterone (a male hormone) and is also used as an aphrodisiac.
Sandalwood oil is also used as an aid to meditation and is said to awaken dormant energy at the base of the spine. In aromatherapy sandalwood is used to help break ties with the past.
Sandalwood is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat on the skin (but not near the eyes). It is used to soften dry skin and actually encourages the skin to hold moisture. Sandalwood essential oil is an excellent choice when treating chapped lips, oily skin, scars, stretch marks, and sensitive skin. Sandalwood is used in perfume, soaps, lip balms, shampoos, conditioners, face creams, and lotions. It helps give creams and other mixtures a longer shelf life.
Sandalwood essential oil plays an important part in Hindu marriages. It is burned on the wedding night so that fumes surround the new couple. In some cultures, sandalwood essential oil is mixed with rose water and used to wash away the sins of the year.
Sandalwood oil is great in a winter bath. It softens winter skin and gives the whole body a warm glow. Use with rose essential oil for added benefits.
Sandalwood oil can be used to repel ants and other kitchen pests. It is a safe alternative to pesticide sprays.
Sandalwood oil is sometimes diluted with inferior oils. This is due to the high demand, the high price, and the scarcity of the real product. Always purchase essential oils from a reputable dealer.
*Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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