There some aromas that just stay with you. Intoxicating and exotic with woody and earthy notes, East Indian Sandalwood has an aroma that is one of a kind.
Adding it to an unscented liquid soap, massage cream or bubble bath is a great way to liven up your space while also inspiring a soothing, strengthening and grounding effect on the body.
For thousands of years, Hindus have used Sandalwood during significant religious ceremonies. Native to the Asian tropics, Sandalwood is an evergreen tree that can grow up the 30 feet. It is also a parasite, latching onto the roots of other trees to survive. Younger trees are not as fragrant or as high quality as mature Sandalwood trees are.
Trees are typically harvested between 20 to 60 years of maturity. The tree’s wood is put through a steam distillation process to extract East Indian Sandalwood essential oil. The long and thorough process from tree growth and oil extraction only adds to the worth, power and preciousness of the essential oil.
Not sure which Sandalwood is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!
Botanical Name: Santalum album
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Wood
Blends Well With: Vetiver, and other resins; Coriander, and other spices
Aroma: Woody, earthy, warm, and rounded
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Adult Max Dilution: 2%
Shelf Life: 4-8 years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Dating back thousands of years, Sandalwood has been used for perfumery, religious ceremonies and more. Sandalwood essential oil offers the benefits from enduring presence to nurture the body energy and emotional state it helps to relieve stress and anxiety. It offers calmness and inner peace to one's emotional state and pairs well for meditation blends. Sandalwood contains antioxidants that can moisturize and help to maintain the structure of skin cells which is why it's used in skin blends for purifying skin imperfections and moisturizing dry skin and dry hair. It also proves itself worthy in a blend to stop a sore throat in its tracks when paired with oils such as Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Rosemary and Oregano.
- Sandalwood is a very important oil in aromatherapy. Santalum album, aka East Indian Sandalwood, is the chemotype of sandalwood that grows in India. The oil is extracted from the heartwood of the tree. Young trees are not pungent enough to harvest and the oils are generally sustainably harvested from trees that are between 20-60 years old. Due to this and its desireable nature in modern life, Sandalwood trees are a threatened species and its cost shows how valuable it is.
- The debate is out on which Sandalwood is best. Outside of the luxurious aromatics of Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album), there is Sandalwood- Hawaiian (Santalum paniculatum) and Sandalwood- Australian (Santalum spicatum). The difference is really in the price with East Indian Sandalwood being the most costly. Sandalwood- Hawaiian has the same content of alpha and beta santalol, making it a less costly cousin. Australian Sandalwood has a lower santalol, giving it a different therapeutic value and a woodier aroma. So if you are looking to save a little money but would like the same chemical profile, Hawaiian Sandalwood makes a great substitute.
- As a base note, Sandalwood pairs well with many other essential oils. Other wood oils such as Cedarwood and Rosewood and base oils such as Vetiver work incredibly well in blends for sleep and calming the mind. Resins such as Frankincense and Myrrh for their warmth and comfort. For a touch of lively beauty and if you like florals, try it with Rose, Geranium, Jasmine or Lavender. Citrus gives Sandalwood a fruity twist with choices of Bergamot, Orange- Sweet and Lemon. Herbal oils can also integrate well in blends with Sandalwood and a few good choices are Marjoram- Sweet and Rosemary.
- To substitute Sandalwood essential oil, one place to start would be to look into base note oils such as Vetiver, Frankincense, Myrrh and Cedarwood or Patchouli. They have similar emotionally calming and anxiety relief properties as Sandalwood. However, if you are looking to emulate the aromatics of Sandalwood, try Amyris which has a similar profile to Sandalwood and a sandalwood-like aromatic. Amyris is substantially less costly and its often found as an adulterant in Sandalwood essential oil for products such as soaps, incense and candles.
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INDULGE BLEND: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 7 drops of Sandalwood (East Indian), 3 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin and 5 drops of Cocoa. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diiffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
RELAXING BATH: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Sandalwood (East Indian), 10 drops of Orange and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake well to blend and add 1-2 teaspoons to a full tub. Relax and enjoy. (1.75% dilution)
TOENAIL CREAM: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 6 drops of Sandalwood (East Indian), 15 drops of Tea Tree and 4 drops of Clove with 2 ounces of lotion. Apply on affected areas 2-3 times daily or as needed. (2.1% dilution)
BODY BUTTER: Melt one ounce each of Cocoa butter and Jojoba oil over low heat. Add 8 drops of Sandalwood (East Indian), 5 drops of Blood Orange, 2 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin and 5 drops of Rosewood. Blend together; it will thicken as it cools. Apply to dry skin or cracked feet. (2% dilution)
CLOSET SPRAY: In a 12 ounce spray bottle add: 55 drops of Sandalwood (East Indian), 45 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) and 40 drops of Frankincense. Fill with 4 oz grain alcohol and 8 oz distilled water and shake well before each use. Mist as needed to relieve musty smells and discourage pests.
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