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A Quick Look at..Sandalwood Essential Oil

Do you love it? I do.


I use two sandalwood essential oil varieties in my therapy and products, Santalum album and Santalum Austrocaledonicum.


Origins

Santalum album is distilled from the heartwood of the Santalum species of tree grown in East India. This is what you might know as the 'original' Sandalwood, however, due to poor sustainability and crop management of the Sandal tree, among other ethical issues surrounding the cultivation of the wood and oil, it is becoming more difficult to ethically source the essential oil.


Santalum Austrocaledonicum is a close relation of the Indian Sandalwood species, sustainably grown in New Caledonia, Australia. Although not a exact chemical match to santalum album, it holds many of the same beneficial properties and is one of my favourite essential oils to use in my massage therapy and accompanying botanical products.


Aroma

Warm, woody, musky


Properties & Benefits

Antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory.


Physical

Helps balance skin problems like acne, bacterial & fungal skin infections, scars and blemishes, itching, irritation, and promotes effective respiration.


In fact, a great ingredient to use in a beard oil and face oils such as:


Mental

Sandalwood is a great balancer as it is both a relaxant as well as uplifting and reviving so can be a great tonic for depression, stress, anxiety. Sandalwood aids mental clarity. Aphrodisiac.


For a quick stress relief aid on the go why not try:


Spiritual/ Energetic

Opens the heart centre, stimulates the seventh chakra. Improves trust, self-esteem, self-identity and enthusiasm for life.



For further information and reading about Sandalwood check out this great article published on the Tisserand Institute website which offers further reading and resources: https://tisserandinstitute.org/santalum-album-oil-rejuvenated/


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