Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album)
Sandalwood may also be referred to as Indian sandalwood. It is typically processed in New Caledonia using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the wood.
Sandalwood oil comes from the wood of Santalum album trees. It has a woody scent. Its effects are soothing and antiseptic.
Sandalwood Essential Oil is a profoundly versatile essential oil for its applications spiritual and emotional applications as well as its applications in perfumery/fragrancing and skin care.
Sandalwood has been used since ancient times as incense for spiritual applications. Sandalwood Essential Oil is deeply grounding and is useful for chakra work.
- Aroma Description: Sandalwood Essential Oil smells rich, deep and sweet yet is delicate, woody and floral.
- Common Name(s): Indian sandalwood
Synonyms(s) for Santalum album: Santalum myrtifolium, Santalum myrtifolium, Santalum ovata
- Botanical Family: Santalaceae
- Botanical Genus: Santalum
- Major Compounds: (Z)-a-Santalol, (Z)-B-Santalol, (Z)-Nuciferol, epi-B-Santalol, (Z)-a-trans-Bergamotol
- Perfumery Note: Base
- Consistency: Medium - Thick
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Color: Clear with a Yellow Tinge
- Countries of Production: New Caledonia
- Indigenous Country: southern India and Southeast Asia
- Cultivation: Unsprayed
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Wood
- Shelf Life: 12 years
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Aches Bronchitis Burns Catarrh Chills Coughs Cystitis Diarrhea Frigidity / Impotence Hair : Damaged Insomnia Jetlag Libido Nervous Conditions / Tension Obesity Sinusitis Skin : All types Skin : Dermatitis Skin : Dry Skin : Mature Skin : Oily
Therapeutic Benefits of Sandalwood:
Other Uses for Sandalwood:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Sandalwood:
Tisserand and Young indicate that although rare, Sandalwood Oil has the potential to cause adverse skin reactions. They recommend a dermal maximum of 2%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 418-419.]
Safety Precautions for Sandalwood:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.