Note: There are two types of "Sandalwood". East Indian (E.I.) is true, pure Sandalwood which comes from the Sandal tree -- West Indian (W.I.) is really Amyris Essential Oil which comes from a different tree and has different medicinal and aromatic properties.
BOTANICAL NAME: santalum album
PARTS USED: wood
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: balsamic, sweet, woodsy
BLENDS: ambrette, balsam de peru, benzoin, bergamot, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, fennel, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, patchouli, pepper, peppermint, rose, spearmint, vanilla, vetiver, violet.
AROMATIC BENEFITS: aphrodisiac, calming, centering, exhaustion, grounding, relaxing, stress.
MAGICAL USES: anointing, astral projection, attraction, blessing, consecration, exorcism, healing, love, meditation, protection, purification, sacral chakra, spirituality.
PHYSICAL USES: acne, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, catarrh, chapped skin, constipation, coughs, cystitis, diarrhea, diuretic, drug withdrawal, dry hair, dry skin, emollient, fixative, fragile hair, hangovers, immunity stimulant, insomnia, normal skin, osteoarthritis, sedative, skin conditioner, wrinkles.
The Essential Oil of Sandal Wood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandal trees which are 40-80 years old (ideally they should be 80 years). The older the tree, the more is the oil content and richer it is in aroma. As far as the quality is concerned, the Indian Sandal (botanical name Santalum Album) is considered the best. There are two other varieties, the Hawaiian Sandal (Santalum Ellipticum), which is priced as that of high quality, and the Australian Sandal (Santalum Spicatum) which is not quite as good, but is more used commercially, since it is more cost-effective.
The main constituents of Essential Oil of Sandal are Beta Santalol, Santyl Acetate and Santalenes.
Sandal Oil and paste of Sandal is used in medicines, skin and beauty treatments, and numerous industrial products including mouth fresheners, edibles, incense sticks, room fresheners, deodorants, perfumes, soaps, lotions, creams, and many more.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Astringent: a substance that draws tissue together, restricting the flow of blood.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Cicatrizant: a healing agent.
Deodorant: Any agent acting to eliminate, reduce, mask, or control odor.
Disinfectant: a substance that kills germs and/or viruses.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Expectorant: a substance used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Sedative: Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing
Tonic: restorative and curative; intended to invigorate.
Safety Warming: No threats have been found when using sandalwood essential oil. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.