Sandalwood essential oil is one of the oldest known aromatic materials, and has at least 4,000 years of historical use. Sandalwood has been used for centuries as incense. Its aroma has a way of quieting the mind and settling the breath. This is personally my favorite oil. I love to use it as a perfume neat (undiluted) or blended in a body oil. It brings me a sense of peace and tranquility. It is soothing, strengthening, and grounding. The “divine oil” of Sandalwood has been a staple of sacred practice in India from prehistoric times to the present day. This smoothly rich oil echoes many of the effects of the heirloom oil while providing an exquisite aromatic profile all its own.
Sandalwood’s relaxant and sedating properties are used to alleviate stress, anxiety, fear, and depression, while promoting an overall tranquil state. This beautiful oil can also be used as a sexual tonic and as an aphrodisiac.
Sandalwood is a super anti-inflammatory. It is a wonderful choice to use in massage blends for sore, tired muscles. Applied to the skin, Sandalwood oil is soothing, cooling, and moisturizing and primarily used for dry skin conditions caused by loss of moisture and skin inflammations. It may be used to relieve eczema, psoriasis and for the treatment of oily skin and acne. The anti-cancer effect was studied in relation to skin cancer and UVB radiation exposure. The studies indicated Sandalwood oil has a significant effect in reducing the potential of skin cancer development. One study used a 5% topical solution 1 hour prior to exposure to ultraviolet rays to produce this effect.
Sandalwood is recommended for the treatment of respiratory tract infections, especially when its soothing effects are required. When applied to the neck area, Sandalwood can alleviate sore throat. It is recommended for chronic bronchitis involving a chronic dry cough.
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