What are the benefits and uses of Sandalwood?

What are the benefits and uses of Sandalwood?

Uses and Benefits

This week, we are going to discover another noble material with this new article about the uses and benefits of Sandalwood.

Very easy to recognize, the Sandalwood is delicately perfumed, and is therefore a good ingredient for perfumery and cosmetics.

But that’s not all, as we are going to see, it is used in many ways and through different accessories and objects. On this occasion, I will share with you some of our product’s website.

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Origin and History

If we believe some texts, sandalwood used to be used in many ways, so let’s get into it.

A mixture to clean the sins

In Burma, according to the customs, women used to spray each person with a mixture made of rose water and sandalwood in order to clean his body and spirit from the sins he may have committed.  

Embalming of princes

From the IXth century, sandalwood was used to embalm the Ceylan deceased princes.  

Buddhism and integral incenses

Sandalwood is part of the three integral incense, with :

  • Agarwood (also called Oud wood). If you wish to discover the facts you should know before buying Oud wood, please read this very interesting article.
  • Clove

Furniture making

In the Antiquity, sandalwood was used to make furniture. Indeed, its perfume was keeping insects away and protected it from their attacks.

Nowadays, this tree, growing in India, is used in many fields.

Well-known throughout the world, it is from the sandalwood (Sentalum album) and its roots that we get the essences used today.

To extract this natural essence, the sandal tree has to be cut down. It can only be done if the tree is more than 20 years old because the circumference of its trunk must be at least 50 cm.

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The multiple uses of Sandalwood

In medicine

In ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood essential oil is used to treat anxiety attacks.  

The two main component of the sandalwood essence are the beta-santanol and the alpha-santanol.

It acts on the nervous, lymphatic and cardiovascular systems and treat cough, chronic bronchitis, cystitis, depression and many other pains.

The properties and benefits are the following : calming, antiseptic, decongesting, regenerating, antalgic and antidepressant.

In cosmetics

Sandalwood can be found in some beauty mask worn by women of East-African culture, such as in the Comoros or Mozambique. In the Comoros dialect, this mask is called msindanu, it is a real traditional adornment.  

In religion

You can easily find some sandalwood statuettes. Indeed, in Hinduism, sandalwood is very often used, including for rituals and religious ceremonies.

It is also commonly used in the embalming paste, this famous mark that many Hindus wear on the forehead between the eyebrows, that symbolizes the third eye (self-knowledge).

In meditation practice

It is advised to burn some sandalwood incense during a meditation session, in order to keep one’s focus more easily.  In Buddhism, sandalwood is one of the Padma (lotus) and can be used as an offering to Buddha.

This incense is regularly lit in temples or during cults.

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Sandalwood and its different forms

As you have understood by now, sandalwood is a material used in multiples fields, always in order to create well-being. This is why sandalwood can be found in several forms.

Incense and sandalwood resins

Ideal to purify the inside of your house, they will also stimulate focus and help you find some serenity.

They are releasing a delicate natural wood smell, that is still light and will not give you any headache.  

Sandalwood Malas

The Mala, which can be considered as prayer beads or worn as a jewel, is often used for mantras recitation. It helps to reduce stress and allows you to relax quickly. It is a great remedy to fight insomnias and find a calm and resourcing sleep.

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Sandalwood powder

Often used in cosmetics for peeling the sensitive, red or spotty skins, it can clean the face in a natural way, without hurting the epiderm.  

Hair accessories

The sandalwood hair pins are traditional beauty accessories from Chinese handicraft. There are very often used for daily hairstyle, but also for weddings or parties.  

Statuettes and other decorative objects

Usually rich in tradition and symbols, these decorative handmade objects bring some Feng Shui properties and an exotic touch to the inside of your house.  

Qi Gong balls

Used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, but also as decoration objects, these Chinese balls (also called baoding) are a great way to relax in a natural way.

You just have to take the two Qi Gong balls in one hand and make the balls rotate on themselves for about ten minutes.

Sandalwood essential oil

As seen earlier, its calming and stress relief properties are very much appreciated. It should always be used with care and respect the indicated posology. It is often used mixed with a cream or a massage oil. A few drops can also be added to the bath water.

Perfume oil and hydrolat in cosmetics

The oil is mostly used to make soaps or after-shaves for example.

The hydrolat is not as packed with active ingredients and can be used as a lotion to tone and treat dry or dehydrated skins. It is also commonly used to treat some skin problems such as acne, psoriasis or eczema.

When taken orally, it boosts the physical, mental and sexual energies. It also treats bad blood flow, cellulite and urinary infections.

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