The documented use of the wood goes back 4000 years and caravans carrying this wood from India to Egypt, Greece and Rome were a familiar sight. Many temples were built from the wood and the Egyptians used the oil in embalming.
Sandalwood is much in demand as incense and has a calming effect during meditation. Swahra yoga recommends it for the union of the senses and Tantric yoga for the awakening of sexual energy.
Sandalwood being nearly extinct, it is used for distillation purpose only. Along with rosewood, hina, amber and myrrh, sandalwood is one of the five essential oils to connect us with our inner being. Sandalwood helps to keep you grounded, close to your divine essence, helps through periods of fear, and allows you to surrender to divine will. Sandalwood is one the strongest-smelling plants in the world.
Sandalwood stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands and is a builder of the entire endocrine system. Very high in substances that are similar to male hormone (androgen). It is the regulator of the uterus and has a history of use with
Origins of Sandalwood
A small found in India, this is much used in powder form by Hindus in temples and for funeral rites. It is also used for furniture making for its solidity and its resistance to attack by insects.
Properties of Sandalwood oil
Sandalwood has a very cooling and moisturizing effect, with alterative, hemostatic, antipyretic, nervine, antiseptic, antibacterial, carminative, sedative, refrigerant, expectorant, elevating, moisturizer, antispasmodic, diuretic, tissue regenerative and aphrodisiac Actions.
Most common uses
Has a strong antiseptic effect on the urinary tract, and is therefore particularly good for systitis
Good for fluid retention
Good for certain skin conditions, such as eczema, abscess and sores.
Mixes well with: Rose, ylang ylang, rosewood, geranium, jatamansi, vertiver, frank-incense, myrrh, tuberose, oakmoss, labdanum, patchouli, musk and clove.
Warning: do not use if severe lung congestion is present.