Essential Oil: Sandalwood

Essential Oil: Sandalwood

What is Sandalwood Essential Oil?

Sandalwood essential oil is a beloved essential oil used around the world. Sandalwood essential oil comes from the sandalwood tree, Santalum album. It is revered as one of the most precious trees in the world and has been used in alternative medicine and religious ceremonies for centuries. 

Benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oil

While you can often find sandalwood flavoring many soaps, candles, and incense, it also has an impressive range of health benefits. 

  • Has anti-inflammatory properties.
    Sandalwood has been used in traditional medical systems for centuries to treat conditions like the common cold, digestive upset, liver and gallbladder issues, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and more. Research shows that this could be because sandalwood has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Compounds in sandalwood (santalols) act like NSAID medications by blocking inflammatory markers like cytokines.

  • Relieves anxiety.
    Sandalwood has a calming effect on the mind and may help to relieve stress and anxiety. In one study, women who inhaled sandalwood before a biopsy procedure reported feeling less anxious than before they were given the aromatherapy. Another study looked at more objective measures of anxiety – blood pressure and cortisol levels. In this trial, researchers found that people who inhaled sandalwood essential oil had lower blood pressure and reduced cortisol levels compared to those who were not exposed to sandalwood.

  • Promotes mental clarity.
    There’s a reason many religious ceremonies use sandalwood incense or oil – it is thought to clear the mind for meditation, prayer, and other rituals. Research confirms this idea, showing that the main chemical compound in sandalwood (alpha-santalol) does increase focus and improves mood. 

What is Sandalwood Essential Oil Used For?

Sandalwood’s earthy fragrance is one of the most popular scents used for healing in aromatherapy and traditional medical systems (like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine). Sandalwood also has a deep spiritual significance in several religions around the world.

In medicine, sandalwood is mostly used to treat infections, respiratory conditions, inflammation, stress, high blood pressure, and anxiety. 

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