Sandalwood essential oil has a woody and earthy scent and comes from steam distilling the wood and roots of a mature sandalwood tree (Santalum album). It is used as part of religious rituals and traditional medicine in Asia and the Middle East and is often used in incense and perfumes.
Sandalwood oil has two main active compounds called alpha-santalol and beta-santalol which are responsible for its fragrance and variety of health properties. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer effects.
It can be applied topically to treat sore muscles and joints, insect bites, eczema, acne, signs of aging, infections, and inflammation.
When used aromatically, sandalwood oil can encourage mental clarity, relaxation, and feelings of peace.
Directions for use
Dilute 2-3 drops of sandalwood oil with a carrier oil and rub it into the joints and muscles as a massage oil, or apply it to the face, neck, and body to treat skin conditions, scars and signs of aging.
Use sandalwood oil aromatically to promote calm and focus and give your home a wonderful scent. Inhaling the oil helps to treat coughs, colds, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Add a few drops to an oil diffuser, apply oil to the pulse points, or add it to a warm bath.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.