4 Sep 2006

Sandalwood Oil

India has traded in Sandalwood as far back as 3000 B.C. with the Phoenicians. Later it traded with the Arabs, Greeks and it was even said King Solomon. Today the wood and oil is scarce and exports are regulated by the Indian Government.

When purchasing sandalwood pure essential oil be careful that you get the genuine sandalwood oil which comes from Mysore in India. The label might also give the name Agmark. The oil produced in other parts of the world does not have the same value medically or the exotic fragrance of the sandalwood from India.

The sandalwood oil's deep woody aroma appeals to both males and females and therefore is a popular ingredient in many perfumes. It also has a long lasting fragrance which improves with age so is also used as a perfume fixative. It is said to be an aphrodisiac.

Sandalwood oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, astringent, expectorate, sedative, diuretic and insecticidal properties. In Germany it has been approved as one of the treatments for bladder infections. It has also been found to be useful with many skin problems. Sandalwood oil is also used in massage to relieve anxiety and insomnia.

Used at home remember a little goes a long way as the perfume is extremely heady. A few drops added to steam inhalations is excellent for relieving coughs, bronchitis and sore throats. It is also excellent when having bladder infections like cystitis to add a few drops to your bathwater. Like many pure essential oils it is not be be used when pregnant.

To relax after a stressful day and to uplift your spirits add a few drops of sandalwood oil to your burner, either on its own or mixed with rose otto or geranium oil.

Exquisite Sandalwood Massage Oil
By: Pioneer Thinking

8-10 teaspoons grapeseed oil
6 drops of sandalwood essential/fragrance oil
2 drops lavender essential/fragrance oil
2 drops rosewood essential/fragrance oil
2 drops rose essential/fragrance oil

Blend ingredients well. Warm up oil before doing any massage including your fingertips.

How many are the trees on earth that bear
the scented flower and juicy fruits!
Yet, O' Sandal you are unique in possessing
Unparalleled fragrance of wood.
Sanskrit shloka


Marion said...

Jackie...I'm glad I read this...I purchased some sandalwood soap the other day. The packaging stated it was a "natural" soap, and I was in a hurry,so didn't check properly.

I love the smell of sandalwood; this soap, however, did not smell very good at all.

I would guess the oil in the soap I bought wasn't from India!

Malar Gandhi said...

Hello there,
This is the first time to your blog. I shld do write well.

I like the post abt sandalwood! Actually I use sandal wood paste - directly, for my pimples or as facial mask. But haven't tried oil still now!

I like ur vegan blog soo much. I will visit often!