PORTRAIT

You can now luxuriate in sandalwood’s calming fragrance without feeling guilty. Distillers, farmers, botanists, and others have promoted the reforestation of sandalwood trees in New Caledonia, and our Inshanti sandalwood is sourced from this ecologically sustainable project. Whether you breathe sandalwood’s fragrance in, add it to your bath, or massage it into your skin, you’ll discover its grounding influence on your body and your mind.

ESSENTIAL FACTS

Plant Parts: Heartwood
Botanical Family: Santalaceae
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenols
Country of Origin: New Caledonia
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Eco-harvest
Aroma: Warm & radiant, Woody, Creamy, Slightly Floral & Delicate, Lighter & Sweeter than Indian sandalwood (Santalum album)
Note Classification: Medium/Base

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Supports meditation
  • Quiets mental activity
  • Reduces irritation and aggressive behavior

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Astringent — Firms tissue and organs; reduces discharges and secretions.
  • CNS Sedative – Calming to the central nervous system.
  • Decongestant – Reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.

HOW TO USE

Diffuser: Diffuse in air sandalwood, to promote deep restful sleep.

Massage Oil: Blend 10–15 drops of sandalwood to 1oz. of carrier oil (olive oil or any vegetable oil). Massage into sore muscles or just massage into skin for the calming and grounding benefits. Massage a few drops sandalwood into temples and back of neck to alleviate tension headaches.

Moisturizer: Add to a facial moisturizer or oil and massage into skin. Apply a few drops of sandalwood to a warm cloth and use that as a compress for dry dehydrated skin.

Other uses: Sandalwood is safe to apply topically in undiluted form, as a perfume, or in the bath. Massage into neck area to alleviate sore throat and boost that immune system.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

SAFETY

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

MORE INFO

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.

References:

  1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd. edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  2. Tisserand R. The Art of Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1977
  3. Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996
  4. Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

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