Plant/part: Tree/inner heartwood (source: india/australia)
Latin name: Santalum album
Aroma: Woody, sweet and exotic, subtle and lingering.
Properties: Sandalwood is said to have been used for over 4000 years as a perfume and temple incense. It has a sweet, buttery, woody aroma that is very sensual. It is uplifting and relaxing and is beneficial for all types of skin. Traditionally burnt as an aid to meditation and much used in religious ceremonies. Creates an exotic, sensual atmosphere with a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Excellent skincare oil. Useful for dry and damaged hair and as a body fragrance.
Very useful to the genito-urinary system alleviating cystitis and should be massaged in the kidney region where it has a purifying and anti- inflammatory action. Its aphrodisiac qualities can relieve sexual problems such as frigidity and impotence, perhaps dealing with the underlying anxiety. Its antispasmodic and tonic action on the body should encourage relaxation and a feeling of well being. Was once used to alleviate sex-transmitted diseases and may well have a cleansing action on the sexual organs. Could be useful in promoting vaginal secretions. Also helpful with chest infections, sore throats and dry coughs which accompany bronchitis and lung infections. Very relaxing and aids sleep when catarrhal conditions present. Helps to stimulate the immune system and keep infection at bay. May also treat heartburn (a burning sensation just below the ribcage) and could be helpful for diarrhoea due to its astringent properties.
Chemical constituents: Santalols, fusanols, forneol, santalone.
Precautions: A lingering aroma, often persists in clothes after they have been washed. Its aphrodisiac qualities are well known and should be used at your own peril! Perhaps best avoided in states of depression as it may lower mood even further.
Blends: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, myrrh, neroli, palmarosa, rose, vetivert and ylang ylang.