Sandalwood oil is an essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of chips and billets cut from the heartwood of various species of sandalwood trees, and has a woodsy and sweet smell.
This essential oil is commonly added to various products like perfumes, cosmetics, and incense. It has been commonly used as a part of various traditional and religious ceremonies in India and other Eastern countries, and despite being used as a decoration, the tree has also been considered holy.
The Ayurvedic medicine uses it as a natural remedy for the treatment of mental and somatic disorders, like inflammation, infections, bronchitis, fever, colds, and urinary tract infections. Studies have found that its main compound, α-santalol, treats skin issues, lowers blood pressure, and beneficially affects pulse rate.
Due to its unique fragrance, this essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy, as it promotes relaxation and clarity and reduces stress.
These are 10 benefits of this essential oil:
- Relaxing and Calming
Multiple studies have confirmed that sandalwood oil induces mental clarity, relaxes the body, and soothes the mind, without making you feel drowsy.
- Anti-Aging properties
The high antioxidant content prevents damage due to free radicals. Add 5 drops of the oil to your lotion, and apply it on the face on a daily basis.
- Anti-Spasmodic properties
The relaxing properties of sandalwood essential oil soothe the muscle, nerve, and blood vessel spasms if applied topically, in a combination with some carrier oil, such as coconut oil.
- Anti-Viral and Antiseptic
Sandalwood prevents the replication of viruses, and if gargled, it will relieve a sore throat.
Sandalwood has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that soothe mild inflammation, insect bites, various skin conditions, and irritations.
Before applying it topically, you should dilute it in some carrier oil, and make a small patch test, just like in the case of all essential oils, as they can sometimes cause allergic reactions.
- Boosts memory
This essential oil effectively improves memory and helps you focus and remember details.
- Natural Aphrodisiac
Sandalwood essential oil is a potent aphrodisiac that boosts energy levels and increases the libido. You can apply it topically as a lotion or use it as a massage oil.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
Sandalwood effectively lowers blood pressure, and a study has found that its application on the abdominal area reduces the blink rate and systolic blood pressure in participants.
- Cough Remedy
This essential oil has potent relaxing properties that will fight bacteria and help you relieve coughs. Just pour a few drops on a washcloth, and inhale.
- Helps with Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a painful condition, caused when the skin from the uterus grows outside of it. The use of 3 drops of this oil will fight inflammation and soothe the pain.