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Among the rarest, most exquisite and endangered of all essential oils, this true “Indian Sandalwood” has been a centerpiece of Eastern sacred practice for over four thousand years. Tawny gold in color and bearing exotic subtle notes of sweet-wood and spice, it is distilled exclusively from the roots of organic Sri Lankan old-growth sandalwood trees that were cut forty years ago; the funds from the sale of the oil is supporting reforestation of new sandalwood trees. This disappearing treasure of the natural world, justly renowned for its spiritual effects and centering powers, should be relished while stocks still exist.
Bottle Size: 1 dram (3.75 ml)
One of perfumery's most revered substances for thousands of years, sandalwood oil is prized for its tranquil, nourishing and satisfying fragrance. Therapeutically, sandalwood is emollient, tonic, relaxant, and regenerative, promoting ojas or nutritional essence. It is a befitting choice for enhancing the health and beauty of all skin types, regenerating and promoting a healthy inflammatory response when applied topically. Sandalwood oils calming and harmonizing properties promotes deep restful sleep and stress reduction anytime of day. It can be employed synergistically with lavender and helichrysum for skin that has been overexposed to the sun.
One of the quintessential ceremonial and meditation oils, sandalwood quiets the mind and emotions, opens the heart, enhances concentration and opens higher centers of intuition. It confidently reduces daily stress, empowers, and uplifts body, mind and spirit. It also beautifully enhances romantic moods with its soft, sensual, opening and centering spicy-warm fragrance.
Sandalwood is safe to apply topically in undiluted form, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
Apply one drop to third eye prior to meditation to support a serene state.
Add to facial moisturizer, or apply neat as a rejuvenating skin tonic.
Massage several drops into temples and back of neck to support stress reduction and calm the mind.
Apply a warm compress over dry, reddened skin to help cool and hydrate.
Diffuse sandalwood to promote deep restful sleep.
Sandalwood Oil Recipes:
Meditation blend: 6 drops sandalwood, 8 drops frankincense, 3 drops opoponax, 3 drops cedarwood for diffusion, or in 30 ml jojoba oil for topical/direct inhalation
Breast Health blend: 2 drops sandalwood, 4 drops Eastern hemlock, 4 drops frankincense, 4 drops myrtle in 30 ml carrier oil, massaged gently into breast tissue twice daily for two weeks (then rest for one week)
Sandalwood oil has a long history of use in ethno-botanical medicine, religious and ceremonial ritual, cosmetics, perfumery, and meditation. The practice of purification through prayer of all kinds was often, if not always, accompanied by the burning of incense such as sandalwood and frankincense resin. This dual use served the public’s health even as spiritual refinement was promoted through prayer accompanied by sacred scents which possessed uplifting, and puriying properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood is used to promote respiratory and urinary tract health and for the revitalization of skin; in Chinese Medicine, sandalwood is used to enhance digestive strength and balance.
Sandalwood oil is employed as the base in making attars (traditional perfumes of India), a process in which flowers are hydro-distilled into a receiver containing sandalwood oil. True Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) has been used continuously as a perfume in its own right, for at least 4,000 years. It serves in high-end natural perfumery as a fixative. Sandalwood oil has been studied as a supportive adjunct to skin cancer treatment and as an effective base in mosquito repellents.
Because of its uniquely rich and smooth fragrance and potent healing properties, and because the entire tree must be harvested in order to extract essential oil, it has become increasingly rare and is now obtained from areas that are over-harvested, illegally harvested, and facing ecological threat through deforestation and grazing. The vast majority of sandalwood oil on the market is adulterated or produced under unethical conditions. In response to these legal and ethical issues, some companies are now abandoning the sale of sandalwood oil. At the same time, numerous agro-forestry projects are starting, especially in India, which can be supported.
Safety Considerations for Sandalwood Oil:
Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant. Do not take sandalwood essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Sandalwood Oil:
Perfumery Note: Base
Odor: Woody, creamy, rich, delicate and slightly floral, lighter and sweeter than Indian sandalwood (Santalum album)
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: rose, benzoin, and neroli; also wood oils like muhuhu, frankincense and cedarwood; with woody, earthy note oils such as patchouli, orris root, and vetiver, and with floral oils such as jasmine sambac, ylang ylang oil and night blooming jasmine.
Botanical Name: Santalum album
Composition: 100% Pure Sandalwood oil
Origin: Sri Lanka
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
Plant Part: Heartwood
Color: Clear to light to rich yellow
Bottle Size: 1 dram (3.75 ml)
Floracopeia was established to help preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to the widespread ecological destruction taking place in the world, and the loss of medicinal plants on which traditional medical systems depend. We provide our customers with the highest quality essential oils and other botanical aromatic treasures through the promotion of ecological sustainability, organic agriculture, and agro-forestry projects.
Our products are acclaimed for their therapeutic-grade, high quality at affordable prices. We provide artisanal quality oils produced by small family-based distillers. We buy directly from farmers and distillers, thus supporting the local economies in which the plants are grown. We do not buy oils from the world-brokers. Floracopeia is founded with a strong medical orientation and is involved in a number of global eco-projects based in grass roots health care, spirituality, reforestation projects, and the preservation and restoration of ethno-botanical culture.