Tips for using sandalwood essential oil in herbal medicine and aromatherapy

Sandalwood essential oil has a lingering scent. Sandalwood essential oil is derived from the sandalwood tree by steam distillation. It has a deep, woodsy scent and is becoming more and more expensive as trees are over-harvested. 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 is often used to promote meditation.
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Sandalwood is burned as incense to help in meditation. The aroma is long lasting and although calming, can awaken passion.

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 to help stimulate the immunity. Sandalwood helps heal skin problems like eczema, boils, and acne. It relieves itching especially on the neck and scalp. It is an excellent addition to hair rinses and aftershave lotions. Sandalwood is often used in the treatment of dandruff.

Sandalwood essential oil calms the digestive tract and the nervous system.

This essential oil is good for treating upset stomach, heartburn, and diarrhea. It has a calming effect on the whole digestive system. Sandalwood is often used in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. It helps relieve nervous conditions by promoting a feeling of confidence and well being.

Sandalwood is similar to male hormone androsterone.

It is similar to androsterone (a male hormone) and is also used as an aphrodisiac to ignite passion. Sandalwood essential oil helps regulate the reproductive system.

Sandalwood essential oil is often used as an aid to meditation.

Sandalwood essential oil 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 essential oil softens the skin.

Sandalwood, like lavender, 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, aftershaves, and lotions. It helps give creams and other mixtures a longer shelf life.

Sandalwood essential oil plays an important part in Hindu marriages.

Sandalwood essential oil 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 essential oil is great in a winter bath.

Sandalwood essential oil softens winter skin and gives the whole body a warm glow. Use with rose essential oil for added benefits.

Sandalwood essential oil repels insects.

Sandalwood essential oil can be used to repel ants and other kitchen pests. It is a safe alternative to pesticide sprays.

Please note that 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 sandalwood essential oil from a reputable dealer. When purchasing essential oils, beware of cheap products especially when shopping online. A good deal may be an inferior product.

* 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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