The base-note scent of sandalwood is soft, woody, sweet, earthy, balsamic, and tenacious. It has an odor intensity of about three out of five. Blending companions include florals, spices, geranium, vetiver, patchouli, and coriander. For medicinal usa... *
At Last - The Real Thing "A few years ago a friend of mine brought a vial of Sandalwood Oil back from India.
I totally loved it and it became the scent I wear instead of cologne. When my supply started to get low, I tried to replace it and found many things that claime..." -- Steven (Songwriter/Video Editor)
The base-note scent of sandalwood is soft, woody, sweet, earthy, balsamic, and tenacious. It has an odor intensity of about three out of five. Blending companions include florals, spices, geranium, vetiver, patchouli, and coriander. For medicinal usage, the oil can be used as a sedative, genito-urinary, and respiratory tonic; it also soothes dry skin. For emotional well-being, the oil is used to uplift spirit and psyche; for grounding and meditation; to ease obsessive worry and attachment; and for the intellectually over-driven. The sandalwood tree takes forty years to develop its fragrance, which is distilled from the center heartwood. Revered as sacred, this wood was used to build temples. Its scent lulled worshippers into a state of devotional bliss while the essential oil acted as a natural insecticide to deter a multitude of tropical bugs from disrupting services.
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
East Indian sandalwood, Mysore sandalwood, sanders-wood.
Description and Distribution
An evergreen semi-parasitic tree which grows on the roots of other trees during the first seven years of its life, causing the hosts to die. It takes about 30 years to attain its maximum height of about 40-50 feet (12-15 m). The tree is native to tropical Asia, especially Mysore in India where the highest quality oil is produced.
Steam distillation of the roots and heartwood.
Nature of the Oil
A yellowish liquid with a soft, sweet, balsamic aroma of excellent, tenacity. The odour effect is calming and antidepressant. A reputed aphrodisiac.
Other Names: Santal blanc (French); Weißer Sandelbaum (German); sandalo (Italian); leño de santalo citrino (Spanish).
Description: An evergreen, semi-parasitic tree of up to 10 m in height, with pointed green leaves, small yellowish flowers and dark purple berries. It should not be confused with red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus; Fabaceae), a traditional source of red dye.
Origin: India (both S. album and P. santalinus). Trees of both species are cultivated to some extent in India and in Southeast Asia.
Parts Used: Wood from the trunk or branches, known as white sandalwood (Santali lignum albi), or the essential oil distilled from the wood. The bark, known as chandanam in Sanskrit, is also used in Ayurvedic medicine. In the case of red sandalwood (Santali lignum rubri), only the dark-coloured heartwood is used.
Therapeutic Category: Urological.
Uses and Properties: White sandalwood is used to treat infections of the lower urinary tract, especially cystitis and gonorrhoea. Extracts of the wood (or the bark) is used topically to treat skin conditions and internally as a cooling medicine to cure dizziness, chest complaints and indigestion. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy against nervous disorders and as antispasmodic. Red sandalwood is a traditional diuretic, anti-diarrhoeal and stomachic but in modern times, it is used only as a natural dye to colour herbal mixtures and toothpaste.
Preparation and Dosage: Infusions or decoctions of wood chips are taken. A total daily dose of 10 - 20 g is recommended. The oil should not be taken internally in its natural state. When used for the support of urological problems, it should be enclosed in a resistant coating that can withstand gastric juices. Taken in this way, the daily dose is 1 - 1.5 g.
Active Ingredients: White sandalwood is rich in essential oil (about 5%) that contains the sesquiterpene alcohols alpha-santalol and beta-santalol as main compounds. Red sandalwood contains two red pigments (benzoxanthenone derivatives; santalin A,B).
Pharmacological Effects: Known antibacterial and spasmolytic properties of the drug can be attributed to the lipophilic sesquiterpenes. Today, antibiotics have widely replaced the drug.
Status: Traditional medicine; Comm. E+.
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michelle - May 31, 2008, 16:03
It's a bit misleading to imply that the Indian government is restricting the export of sandlewood oil from their trees to make it more expensive when the real reason is that: SANDLEWOOD TREES ARE ENDANGERED!!!
It is therefore, irresponsible for anyone to buy this oil until the species are safe.
I don't think you'll post my comment, but you should think about the consequences of yet another species of plant life wiped out on our home, Earth.
ZooScape Moderator - October 22, 2008, 14:50
Sandalwood is certainly an endangered species. The main problem is the illegal harvest and smuggling of trees out of India. The legal harvest of sandalwood trees is carefully and strictly controlled by the Indian and Nepalese governments to ensure the resurgence of Sandalwood in the years to come. New controlled plantations are being created in Tamilnadu under the auspices of international aid organizations to encourage responsible harvesting. It is indeed a complex situation.
Anonymous - April 25, 2006, 02:02
Just found a 1/4 POUND 100 year old pharmacy bottle of distiller sealed 'British' sandalwood oil that had been stored in an attic in cool upstate California for its entire life. 'British' meaning imported from British Occupied India! Aged indian sandalwood at about $10 an ounce! The seller thought the bottle was worth its value as a pharmaceutical novelty, not knowing how precious what was inside...can't wait to open it.
ZooScape Moderator - April 26, 2006, 12:13
Very lucky! What a find! Sandalwood essential oil - the real thing - is very rare and expensive, and of the two types, Australian and Indian, Indian is the more valuble! To someone unfamiliar with the current market value of pure Indian sandalwood essential oils, the prices might throw them a little bit. However, due to the fact that the Indian government is placing tighter regulations on its production and export, it's getting more expensive all the time! It would be interesting to see how one of our TerraVita Indian sandalood oils (unadulterated, undiluted, non-synthetic) would stack up with a 100 year-old version. As the collective wisdom suggests that these oils only get better with age, I'd have to concede that yours would be superior - how superior? Unfortunately, I'll probably never know! ;)
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100% Pure Sandalwood Essential Oil
Generally regarded as non-irritant and non-sensitising. However, it has been known to cause contact dermatitis when applied to the skin neat. Occasionally, the oil known as West Indian sandalwood (Amyris balsaniifera) is sold as an inexpensive alternative to Mysore sandalwood. However, Amyris bears no relation to true sandalwood oil. It has an inferior musky-woody aroma of poor tenacity. Moreover, the oil should be regarded as potentially risky, for it has not undergone formal testing on humans.
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A few years ago a friend of mine brought a vial of Sandalwood Oil back from India.
I totally loved it and it became the scent I wear instead of cologne. When my supply started to get low, I tried to replace it and found many things that claimed to be Sandalwood Oil but were faint echoes of the real thing.
I despaired of ever finding that magic aroma, however, I just recieved my vial of oil from Red Safari and it is absolutely intoxicating.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I'm a customer for life!
Steve Komen Los Angeles, CA
(Profession: Songwriter/Video Editor)
-- August 14, 2003
great sandalwood and great customer service...traditional
sandalwood pure oil. not the watered down kind you get
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