sandalwood plant Santalum album

Use for Mental Clarity, Relaxing, Calming, Skin Health & Anti-Aging, Increasing Libido

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  1. BOTANICAL NAME Santalum album
  3. PARTS USED Heartwood
  4. EXTRACTION METHOD Steam distilled
  5. COLOR Brownish-yellow
  7. AROMA Heavy, sweet, woody and fruity aroma which is pungently balsamic
  1. Mental Clarity Promotes mental clarity and attentiveness. Often used for meditation, prayer and spiritual rituals. Try diffusing when you are feeling stressed under a deadline. It will help provide mental focus while keeping you calm during the process.
  2. Skin Care & Anti-Aging High in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, Sandalwood is great for aging skin, acne, warts, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Sandalwood oil’s emollient properties are soothing, cooling and moisturizing for skin conditions caused by dryness and inflammation. Add undiluted oil or oil blend to your face lotion or apply diluted oil directly. Use daily for these benefits.
  3. Relaxing and Calming Studied for its effects of stimulating the pineal gland, responsible for the limbic region (emotional center) of the brain and regulating sleep. Which makes it a good oil to help improve sleep cycles, balance emotions or just deal with a hectic daily schedule.
  4. Aphrodisiac Used in Ayurveda medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, Sandalwood is known to heighten senses and increase arousal.

The History of Sandalwood

The true sandalwood, Santalum album, is a tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent. Sandalwood’s harvest is viable after about 40–50 years, when the heartwood, the center of the slender trunk, has achieved its greatest circumference and greatest oil content. It is this heartwood and the roots that are fragrant and contain the oil.

The long history of Sandalwood in the cultural and spiritual life of Asia spans more than 4000 years. The wood has been: carved into furniture, temples, and religious icons; burned as incense in Buddhist and Hindu temples; and used in Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Long before its therapeutic qualities were known, Sandalwood essential oil was used in yogic and other meditative practices to harness stillness of mind and unity of being, creating what researchers call a “calm awareness.”

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PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.
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