East Indian Sandalwood Essential Oil

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East Indian Sandalwood Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Santalum album
Plant Family: Santalaceae
Country of Origin: Mysore India
Plant Part: Heartwood
Growth Method: Wild Harvest
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Deep Brown
Consistency: Thick
Strength of Aroma: Strong

This East Indian Sandalwood essential oil is distilled from the Santalum album that grows in Mysore, and only the heartwood of trees that are at least 35 years old are used for distillation. The trees are legally cut down and regulated by the local government. Oil produced from such trees is considered the highest quality of Sandalwood oil.

Sandalwood is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree reaching up to 18 meters high and 2.5 meters in girth. It is a semi-parasitic tree, which obtains its nourishment by attaching itself to the roots of other tree species. It takes 5 to 7 years to become fully established and causes the host plant to die eventually. True Sandalwood is the wood of trees in the genus Santalum that occurs naturally in India and various islands of Indian Ocean, with the best quality found in the province of Mysore. The trees are very slow-growing, and only trees that reach maturity can be harvested. The highest quality of Sandalwood essential oil is obtained only from the heartwood of Sandalwood trees that are at least 40 years old. However, Sandalwood oil produced from trees at 30 years old can still fetch a very high price due to the demand for real Sandalwood.

Sandalwood essential oil has been used in India for many centuries for medical treatments. It was recognized in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a powerful urinary antiseptic and an effective treatment of various infections of the urinary tract, such as cystitis and gonorrhea. Sandalwood is also an excellent pulmonary antiseptic. It is very soothing for inflamed tissue in the respiratory system, making it particularly good for dry irritating coughs, chronic bronchitis and sore throat. The best methods to give treatments to such problems are inhalations or simply apply it externally on the chest and throat.

Sandalwood essential oil is also sedative and analgesic. It is useful for those who suffer from insomnia which arises from stress and nervousness. It can increase sleep time, enhance sleep quality and promote deep sleep. Sandalwood oil is also a gentle pain relief, which may be caused by its high contain of santalol which binds to the opioid receptors in the brain.

Not only is it good for the internal problems, Sandalwood essential oil is also a popular ingredient in cosmetic products. It is extremely gentle on skin and mucous membranes, making it beneficial to many skin types. As it is slightly astringent and a powerful antiseptic, it is an ideal remedy for acne, dermatitis, itching and dermal irritation.

The fragrance of Sandalwood essential oil increases over time, and it has the longest-lasting aroma of all essential oils. It has soft, sweet, woody top notes and deep, balsamic, spicy, oriental undertones.

Psychologically, Sandalwood facilitates spiritual practice, and has been used in incense as a meditation aid for centuries. It calms irritation born of frustration, quiets and stills the mind.

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Sandalwood is generally regarded as non-irritant and non-sensitizing; however, it has been known to cause contact dermatitis when applied to the skin neat.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.

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