(Santalum album) from India is steam distilled from the wood.

Sandalwood is an oil that dates back to biblical times.  It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to revitalize the skin.  It is also been researched for possible anti-  tumoral and anti-  viral infections (herpes simplex, herpes zoster and cold sores).  It supports skin health, especially mature skin and scaring associated with signs of aging.  Sandalwood may enhances deep sleep by stimulating the pineal gland which releases melatonin.  Studies at BYU have found sandalwood protects the DNA of our cells and inhibits many types of cancer cells.  Sandalwood is also high in sesquiterpenes,  bringing oxygen to the brain and increasing circulation.  Sandalwood stimulates the pineal gland which controls levels of melatonin and may help with insomnia.

  • Diffuse sandalwood or place a drop in the hand, rub palms together and breathe deeply at bedtime to enhance deep sleep.
  •  Use as a men’s cologne. Combine with a carrier oil if desired or add to unscented bath and shower gel. Apply neat to the skin as an aftershave to soothe irritated skin and decrease inflammation.
  •  Use a drop or two for aging chapped skin and wrinkled skin. Apply neat or dilute with a carrier oil.
  •  Massage into hair and scalp to retard graying and to moisturize the scalp and hair follicles.
  •  Ingest in capsules in carrier oil or by itself for health benefits, see a desk reference for specific usage ( Using only  food grade essential oils)


This information is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.


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