sandalwood

Sandalwood Essential Oil {Santalum spicatum}        

Source: Australian, Certified Organic

Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the heartwood and roots.

AROMA

The slightly viscous, pale oil has a complex aroma, powerful and diffuse in the top notes. The woody, smokey and sweet heart notes complement the warm and rich balsamic base, with a tenacious woody dry-down that smells fresh, sweet and herbal with slightly medicinal undertones. It is used as a base note in perfumery.

BLENDS WELL WITH

Atlas cedarwood, balsam of Peru, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, clary sage, clove bud, cypress, frankincense, geranium, immortelle, juniper, lavender, lemon, Melissa, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, pink grapefruit, ravensara, sweet basil, sweet fennel, sweet orange, vetiver, ylang ylang.

REPORTED THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Sandalwood oil is anti-inflammatory and nourishes and softens the skin. It is used to treat chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Vienna has found that application of sandalwood used as massage oil caused significant reduction in systolic blood pressure, hypertension and heart rate. It helps relieve premenstrual pain, rheumatic and joint pain and sunburn. It's strong antibacterial properties make it useful for treating Herpes, thrush, tinea, ringworm, Golden Staph, many forms of streptococcus, infections of the urinary tract, TB, cystitis and gonorrhea. It is also used as a deodorant, diuretic, and an expectorant in the treatment of bronchitis and coughs.

AROMATHERAPY

Inhale directly or diffuse to aid concentration and memory, to become grounded, reduce aggressive behavior, encourage acceptance, reduce irritability, increase feelings of hopefulness and compassion and let go of guilt.

RESPONSIBLE FARMING

Australian Sandalwood is an ecologically responsible alternative to traditional Indian Sandalwood {Santalum album}. The chemical profile of these two precious essential oils is very similar. Our Australian sandalwood is sustain-ably grown and processed in Western Australia, home to the world's largest sustainable Sandalwood reserve. The trees, once abundant throughout the region, were over harvested almost to the point of extinction by the 1920's. The Australian government enacted laws to protect the trees. The plantation we source our oil from planted over 5 million trees (using local host species) in 2011 on land previously cleared for commercial farming. The re-introduction of local species back into landscapes that were cleared for more traditional forms of agriculture is increasing biodiversity at a local scale. Sandalwood plantations are not a mono-culture and have a diversity of species within them. Previous projects have demonstrated an increase in local fauna species, particularly birds. The company recognizes the need to maintain and increase biodiversity wherever possible and does not clear native vegetation in the establishment of its plantations. The trees also help reduce water salinity and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

PRECAUTIONS:

SPECIFIC

None.

GENERAL

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).

 

{For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.}

 

 

 

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