What is sandalwood?. It is a precious tree called Santalum album. It is also known as the “sacred tree” native to India and other parts of Asia. However, it is planted in other parts of the world, especially in America.
The government has declared it national property to preserve it from the deforestation to which it has been exposed. As a consequence, they only allow their felling when the specimen is over 30 years old, when it begins to decline, announcing its death. One must consider that the trunk takes about 25 years to get about 6 cm thick.
It has been used since ancient times as a powerful aphrodisiac, apart from the medicinal properties of its essential oil for the treatment of depression, insomnia and altered nervous conditions. But nevertheless, it is also used to create a very characteristic and beneficial incense, due to its good aroma and relaxing properties.
It is found in several presentations such as dry wood for decoration and essential oil for both internal and external use in baths, massage and incenses.
What is sandalwood?: Sandalwood Benefits
Its aroma stimulates mental clarity. Thanks to this it is widely used for meditation, prayer and spiritual rites.
It generates a feeling of peace and tranquility due to its soothing properties. That helps in meditation practices.
It is an astringent that helps soothe, tone and clean the skin.
Because it is rich in antioxidants, it acts against free radicals and fights ageing.
It is a natural aphrodisiac as it increases libido and energy.
Sandalwood essential oil is classified as an antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, venous tonic, central nervous system stimulant and mild hypotensive.
It is especially indicated for bronchial and urinary tract infections, chronic bronchitis, respiratory allergies, mild asthmatic processes, cystitis, urethritis and urethritis.
In aromatherapy, sandalwood is indicated in case of respiratory and urinary tract infection, as a stimulant and aphrodisiac.
It has been shown that the benefits of sandalwood oil for the hair are related to its ability to increase the growth time of hair cells.