The sandalwood tree grows in Asia and East India. The aroma comes from the wood itself rather than the leaves or flowers. The warm soothing aroma of sandalwood can help you to relax your mind and open your heart to love. You can use the healing aroma of the sandalwood tree to promote feelings of peace and serenity and also to ease various ailments of the digestive system.
As it is an expensive oil, you are more like to come across it as incense sticks or in scented candles. Burning any of these can infuse your room or atmosphere with its healing aroma. We do however carry it in aroma (fragrance) oil at a very reasonable price.
Sandalwood encourages the production of gastric juices, easing nausea, colic and gastritis. It stimulates the production of urine and causes muscles to contract, helping to flush excess liquids, like mucus and diarrhea, from the body. Its antiseptic properties help to fight infections. Sandalwood also improves dry and cracked skin by drawing natural oils through the soft tissues to the skin’s surface, making it a valuable ingredient in many toiletries.
Sandalwood has long been thought of as an aphrodisiac. Burning incense can help to create a romantic mood. Sandalwood is a natural antiseptic and preservative, making it useful in soap, beauty creams and other toiletries. It also contains several beneficial compounds. Santalols, small molecules called santalols give sandalwood its distinctive aroma. They kill bacteria and also help you to sleep, as they are natural sedatives. Tannins, can help to stop bleeding, prevent infections, tighten loose tissues and protect and heal damaged skin.
Sandalwood or “chandana” is used in Ayurveda, an Indian natural healing tradition. Burning aromatic sandalwood incense sticks will release natural antiseptics into the air.
Breathing in the aromatic smoke from a sandalwood incense stick can help to lift melancholy and promote restful sleep. It subdues aggression and irritability, promotes compassion and openness and enhances meditation. Sandalwood is particularly good for stress relief, especially when combined with lavender or bergamot.
Other Eastern woody fragrances such as cedar and frankincense add to the feelings of peace and calm that sandalwood can promote. Sandalwood is also an aphrodisiac, and can stimulate a sensual mood.
Sandalwood essential oil is relatively expensive but if you do splurg, it can be used in weak dilutions. For example a few drops in a washbasin of hot water creates a steam inhalation to ease acne and cracked or dry skin. In a vaporizer or your bath it will dry up excess mucus, easing bronchitis, wet coughs, stuffy heads and diarrhea. You can use sandalwood’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and mildly pain relieving properties to soothe rashes and itchy skin by mixing a few drops of essential oil in with your usual body lotion.
The strong aroma given off by a sandalwood incense stick makes them a good tool to use during gentle visualization or meditation exercises, can add spice to more mundane tasks. Use the heady aroma of sandalwood to help your mind drift to more beautiful and spiritual surroundings.
Light up a sandalwood incense stick or sandalwood aroma oil in your vaporizer when you’re ready to start exercising, such as on an exercise bike, using your bowflex or during aerobics. As you exercise close your eyes and breathe in the heady aroma, letting your mind drift with its scent. After a few deep breaths, imagine that rather than being in your room or gym, you’re cycling along a mountain path, perhaps in the mountains, under a warm summer sun. Imagine the aroma coming from the beautiful trees that line your path. You’ll find this passes your exercise time more quickly and for sure is much more enjoyable!
The Magic and Mystic of Sandalwood. Sandalwood stimulates the base (seventh) Chakra, improving self identity and trust. In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, it promotes energy and enthusiasm, increasing your self-esteem and zest for life. Burn sandalwood during a full moon to increase spiritual vibrations inside your home. Burning sandalwood near your door welcomes your guests and attunes them to your home’s positivity, encouraging them to leave their doubts and anger outside. Write a wish on a sandalwood chip and place it in an incense burner. Sandalwood’s magical powers will enhance your meditations and increase the power of your wishes.