Sandalwood is one of the world’s most widely used essential oils. From fragrance in perfumes or body products to religious ceremonies, to incense and in traditional Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine, sandalwood’s deep earthy scent is an old favourite of ours, with many skin and health benefits.
Sandalwood has been a part of religious and traditional medicine for thousands of years. Sandalwood essential oil is rare and precious due to its lengthy and difficult production. It takes at least 30 years for a sandalwood tree to reach maturity. Through steam distillation, the mature roots produce a thick light yellow or brownish liquid with the familiar sweet woody and rich smell.
A few uses for Sandalwood Oil
- Blend sandalwood with a light carrier oil (jojoba, rosehip) and apply as a face treatment for acne-prone, congested or dry skin.
- To prevent shaving rash, mix a few drops in a carrier oil after shaving and pat gently on face.
- For sore throats or coughs, add a few drops of sandalwood to freshly boiled water and inhale the vapour, covering your head under a towel.
- Add Sandalwood to hot water and inhale the vapours or try rubbing the chest with a few drops of sandalwood essential oil
- Traditional Chinese medicine recommends mixing sandalwood with a carrier oil and rubbing on the abdomen for stomach complaints, vomiting or diarrhoea
- Sandalwood is one of the few essential oils that improve with age, so don’t fret about buying a new bottle if yours is near expiry – you’ll probably be able to use it for a little while longer.
Sandalwood is so fragrant that a few drops go a long way! Try it next time your skin (or you!) needs a little pick-me-up.