Sandalwood oil has a woody, sweet smell and is considered holy wood in parts of India and Eastern countries. It is used in ceremonies such as weddings and birth. The Sandalwood that comes from India is better quality but it also grows in Australia where it is grown in a more environmentally friendly way. The sandalwood tree must be 40-80 years old for the oil to have any benefits.
The most common use for sandalwood is its relaxing and mental clarity properties. This is why it is commonly used in meditation and prayer. Sandalwood allows you to be more aware of your surroundings and calms you so can focus better. This makes it a good oil to use when in school or working on a big project at work. Sandalwood creates feelings of peace and relaxation. Sandalwood calms and relieves anxiousness but makes you feel more aware and awake unlike lavender, which calms and makes you feel more tired.
When you are tired, stressed, overwhelmed or not thinking clearly it is hard to remember what your learning or what someone has said. Sandalwood improving mental clarity also helps boost your memory by allowing you to think more clearly.
Sandalwood is an anti-viral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It prevents replication of common viruses, for example herpes. When used on wounds, insect bites, contact irritations, pimples, warts, boils and other skin conditions it helps to reduce inflammation. It can also be used on urinary infections, chest infections, coughs, and fights colds while relaxing you.
Sandalwood helps relieve the pain of Endometriosis. This is when the inner skin of the uterus is going on the outside of the uterus. This causes pain which sandalwood relieves.
Sandalwood has hypertension properties, which lowers blood pressure.
Since Sandalwood has such great calming effects it can help to relieve spasms in the nerves, muscles and blood vessels.
Sandalwood is a natural aphrodisiac, increasing libido, especially in men. Sandalwood provides extra energy and should be added to massage oil or lotion.
Sandalwood is a mild astringent, meaning in contracts skin and gums. This helps to reduce the signs of aging by tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles. It is also high in antioxidants, which improves damage due to free radicals.