Sandalwood – Indian (Santalum album)


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The tree commonly grows to a height of 8 – 12 metres, and when of 30 years and older and with a girth of above 60cm – is suitable to harvest. Full maturity is considered at 60 – 80 years. The tree is a parasite, which sends out suckers to the roots of other trees. When the Sandalwood Tree dies, it allows termites to attack the tree, which leaves the aromatic and highly oil-laden heartwood intact.

Highly revered for its use in religious and spiritual ceremonies (as incense and as wood for religious carvings and furniture), Sandalwood also developed as an important medicinal plant in the traditional medical systems of Indian Ayurveda, Tibetan and Chinese medicine. Only in recent centuries has Sandalwood Oil been available to the rest of the world – outside of India and China.

Ingredients: Santalum Album Wood Oil

The Sandalwood tree has been a source of medical, spiritual and practical nourishment over generations. It was one of the earliest items trades across the silk road and features in Buddhist Scriptures, The Epics, Puranas and Vedas. Many religious texts describe Sandalwood as having the ability to create a bridge between worlds and as such, it is often burned in and around temples and during cultural ceremonies.

In the cosmetic industry Sandalwood is used in natural perfumery and in high end skin care products for its calming, self-esteem boosting, soothing and aphrodisiac properties.

Sandalwood oil aids in focusing the mind. The scent opens the highest spiritual centers. It can enhance contact with the spirit world.

Ingredients: Santalum album Oil

Botanical name: Santalum album

Common name: Sandalwood

Plant part: Heartwood of the Sandalwood Tree which is now a protected species around the world. Indian Sandalwood is most famously associated with the city of Mysore.

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from the heartwood.

Appearance: Clear, Yellowish Viscous oil

Odour: Deep, soft, woody, smooth oil with a sweet balsamic back note.

Solubility: Oil

Note: Base/ Fixative.

Heat stability: Good but typically added during cool-down phase of production.

Typical use level: 0.05-0.5% typically but can be used at up to 2% in skin care.

Examples of applications: Incense, skin care, perfumery, after-shaves.


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Important Notes: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs and essential oils are provided on this site for historical and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs or essential oils.

We supply all of the raw ingredients you need to make your own herbal teas, blends, incenses, etc. They are not packaged with instructions. By selling them in this simple format we can provide them to you at the best possible price. Please reference this page for any instructions. If in doubt, feel free to Contact Us.

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