Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood is one of the oldest known aromatic materials and has at least 4,000 years of history of use.
Sandalwood’s common name is derived from the Sanskrit ‘chandana’. The use of sandalwood became an integral part of Brahmin, Buddhism and other religious rituals. It is known as a relaxant and is great for insomnia and tension.
The essential oil comes from a small evergreen tree that has a brown trunk with slender branches and pinkish flowers. This oil can not be extracted until the tree matures which takes approximately thirty years. Due to the extraction process and the length of time the tree takes to grow it is an expensive.
The sandalwood tree can be found in East India, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Sandalwood’s essential oil is extracted by steam distillation.
Sandalwood has been used for centuries in many different cultures. In India the temples are built from sandalwood, because it seems to ward off white ants. It is used as part of India’s meditation ceremonies.
The Hindus use it also in their ceremonies as a cleansing agent for the peoples sins. The Egyptians used it in their embalming process.
In ancient and present Chinese medicines it is used to treat stomach aches, vomiting, and skin complaints.
It was used in many Japanese ceremonies to honor Buddha. In the Muslim countries it is used during the burial process to promote a speedy ascend of the soul to heaven.
Sandalwood’s essential oil has a deep, fruity aroma. In aromatherapy it is often blended with bergamot, cypress, jasmine, lavender, lemon and vetiver.
How To Use Sandalwood Oil
- As it is often used as a fragrance, it can be found in perfumes, incense, soaps and aftershaves.
- It can be used for skincare by applying it directly onto the skin in its oil form, or as an ingredient in other products.
- It can be blended down with a base oil to be used in massage. Ripple uses sandalwood oil in its Relaxation Massage Oil blend.
- It can also be combined with other oils like jojoba as an alternative diluted solution.
- To target specific chakras, the oil can be applied directly onto the specific chakra.
- Its also possible to use it in a diffuser or oil burner