Sandalwood Essential Oil is a name that is now used to designate different essential oils: that of White Sandalwood (Santalum album), that of Yellow Sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum) and that of Amyris Sandalwood (Amyris balsamifera). Nevertheless, in aromatherapy books, this name generally refers to the essential oil of White Sandalwood. Renowned for its characteristic smell, the latter can be used to fight against anxiety, stress, circulatory disorders, various infections and several skin problems.
This sheet on Sandalwood Essential Oil presents its therapeutic properties, its main indications, its methods of use and the specific precautions to take before its use.
The main ailments treated by the essential oil of Sandalwood:
Circulatory disorders (varicose veins, hemorrhoids, etc.)
Infections (respiratory, urinary, etc.)
Anxiety, stress, overwork
History of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil has a long history. Extracted from white sandalwood, it was first used for its characteristic fragrance before being used for therapeutic purposes. Its production is currently regulated because the growing global demand for white sandalwood has been so great that it has caused massive deforestation. It should be noted that today there are other products sold under the name essential oil of Sandalwood: the essential oil of Yellow Sandalwood and the essential oil of Sandalwood Amyris. Be careful, these last two do not have the same properties and indications as White Sandalwood Essential Oil.
Properties of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Highly studied, the benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oil are due to the presence of several active ingredients.
Sandalwood Essential Oil contains several anti-infective compounds: monoterpene carbides and sesquiterpene alcohols. These substances possess antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic activity.
Venous and lymphatic decongestant
Monoterpene carbides and sesquiterpene alcohols also have an action on blood circulation. Indeed, through different mechanisms of action, these substances facilitate the drainage of the venous network and the lymphatic system.
The sesquiterpene carbides present in this essential oil are also able to modulate inflammatory reactions.
For the well-being
Calming and relaxing
Present in the essential oil of Sandalwood, alpha-santalol helps soothe the body.
Indications of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Due to its benefits for health and well-being, Sandalwood Essential Oil can be indicated in several cases.
Sandalwood Essential Oil can be used to treat various infections. It can be used in particular for the treatment of respiratory (bronchitis, etc.), uro-genital (cystitis, prostatitis, etc.) and cutaneous (skin and nail fungus, etc.) infections.
This essential oil is also used to fight against blood circulation problems, especially against varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
Joint and muscle pain
The anti-inflammatory activity of this essential oil can also be used to relieve certain joint and muscle pain.
Sandalwood Essential Oil is acclaimed for the preparation of certain cosmetic treatments. With astringent, healing and revitalizing properties, it can in particular be recommended for the care of dry or irritated skin, skin inflammation or itchy scalp. It can also be used to prevent the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines.
Dry and irritating coughs
For the well-being
Stress, anxiety, overwork
Calming and relaxing, this essential oil is ideal for relieving symptoms related to stress, anxiety and overwork.
Latent or transient depression
Use of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil can be used in very different ways for a wide spectrum of conditions and symptoms. Nevertheless, in case of doubt, it is recommended to contact a professional in order to collect personalized and secure information, adapted to your medical situation, your profile and your age.
Cutaneous application, massage
Sandalwood Essential Oil can be used for skin application provided it is well diluted. This mode of use can for example be used in the event of:
Joint and muscle pain: Dilute the essential oil in vegetable oil then apply to the painful area.
Circulatory disorders: Dilute the essential oil in a vegetable oil then apply in massage on the affected areas.
Skin problems: Dilute the essential oil in a vegetable oil or in a cosmetic cream then apply to sensitive areas.
Precautions for use
Pure Sandalwood Essential Oil can be irritating to the skin. This is why it is essential to dilute it and ca
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