Sandalwood essential oil comes from the wood of the Sandalwood tree. The wood is highly aromatic and can retain its fragrance for several years. The oil is extracted from the core of the heartwood, which is the oldest, most central wood of the tree. This wood is usually darker and harder, producing an oil with a sweet, woody aroma.
The Sandalwood tree is considered holy in India and some other eastern countries, and Sandalwood oil is traditionally used for various religious ceremonies. Sandalwood was also used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming purposes.
Because of Sandalwood’s enticing aroma, it is commonly used as a base for products like perfumes, incense, cosmetics, and aftershave. However, that pleasant aroma has much more to offer.
When used aromatically, Sandalwood oil is grounding and balancing. Topical application promotes smooth, healthy-looking skin, reducing the appearance of imperfections. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, internal use can contribute to disease prevention and improved health.
Diffuse or inhale to balance emotions and lift the mood.
Sandalwood essential oil can be applied neat or diluted with a carrier oil.
Sandalwood essential oil is safe for neat application without the need for a carrier oil.
Blends well with
Hydrates the skin and scalp
Sandalwood is excellent for hydrating the hair and skin, for a healthier appearance. Apply topically or add a few drops to your usual shampoo.
Sandalwood is known for its ability to create a calm, relaxing environment. Apply under the nose and inhale or diffuse.
Improves the appearance of scars and blemishes
If you want to improve the appearance of blemishes and imperfections on the skin, apply Sandalwood essential oil directly to the affected area.
Promotes healing of skin infections and wounds
Not only can Sandalwood help to improve the appearance of blemishes, but it is a mild astringent, so when applied to wounds and skin infections it soothes, cleanses, and promotes healing. Apply topically to the affected area.
Soothes muscle spasms and cramps
If you’re suffering from muscle spasms or cramps, apply Sandalwood essential oil over the affected area to soothe the muscles.
Sandalwood has natural aphrodisiac properties that can help to increase libido and may help with impotence when applied topically.
Supports the respiratory system
Apply Sandalwood essential oil over the bridge of the nose, inhale from cupped hands, or take in a capsule to provide support for the respiratory system.
Supportive care for cancer
Sandalwood essential oil can be taken in a capsule to contribute towards disease prevention and reduction, and improved health when combined with a healthy lifestyle.
Helps with mild memory problems associated with aging
Sandalwood helps to promote mental clarity, which can be beneficial in assisting with mild memory problems associated with aging when taken internally.
Promotes a restful night’s sleep
If you’re struggling to sleep or feeling restless, apply Sandalwood essential oil to the bottom of the feet and under the nose, and diffuse to promote better sleep.
Helps with meditation
Due to Sandalwood’s grounding and mood-enhancing properties, it is commonly used in meditation. Inhale from cupped hands or diffuse to enhance meditation.
Restores emotional balance
Use aromatically and topically to go from feeling uninspired to feeling devoted.