23 November 2008

Sandalwood Pasific Island
The wood was carved into furniture, temples, and religious icons; it is burned as an incense in Buddhist and Hindu temples, and retains an important place in Tibetan and traditional Chinese medicines. The oil is high in sesquiterpenes, a class of compound which has been studied in Europe for its stimulating of the pineal gland and the limbic region of the brain - the center of our emotions.

The Australian Sandalwood oil is offered as an excellent substitute for the Indian variety, which is becoming increasingly rare, and may be having significant environmental impact on the forests from which it is harvested.

Australian Sandalwood
The oil contains a slightly higher percentage of 'santalols', the compound that gives the oil its distinct characteristics. It's pleasing, well-rounded aroma is excellent for it's aromatic and medicinal properties. Sandalwood makes a wonderful natural perfume in its own right, and this is a somewhat more 'masculine' sandalwood.

Journal of Essential Oil Research (2005) extensively compared this oil to the east Indian varieties with very favorable results. The chemical properties were very similar, and their conclusion was that variation from sample to sample of the same variety was perhaps greater than between the two varieties of sandalwood oil overall.

Botanical Name
Santalum album

Origin
India

Color
Golden orange to pale yellow

Consistency/Viscosity
Medium - Thick viscosity

Pacific island : viscous liquid with excellent tenacity (the aroma tends to last a long time) and superior fixative properties

Perfumery Note
Base

Aroma
Pasific Island : a woody, balsamic, creamy aroma;
Australian : rich, warm, sweet aroma with a slightly smokey

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
Extracted from the bark by the process of steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Santalols, santyl acetate, santalenes

Therapeutic Properties
Antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, sedative and tonic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • The oil can be supportive for conditions of catarrh, coughs, cystitis, skin conditions
  • Sandalwood has been traditionally been used for enhancing meditation and spiritual practice, and for skin revitalization
  • Sandalwood has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, traditionally as a skin tonic, and for yogic meditative practice
  • It may be beneficial for both acne and dry skin
  • It has also been used to treat chronic bronchitis
  • The oil's aroma is sedative, with possible antidepressant effects
  • Sandalwood may also be helpful in cases where depression has lead to sexual difficulties, and can support the nervous system and circulation
  • Others: chapped skin, depression, laryngitis, leucorrhea, oily skin, scars, sensitive skin, stress, stretch marks
Precaution
  • Sandalwood is a safe oil to use
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
  • Those with epilepsy are to use with caution
Blend With
Rose, Clove, Lavender, Geranium, Vetiver, Patchouli, Jasmine, Peru Balsam, Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Fennel, Frankincense, Galbanum, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Black Pepper, Peppermint, and Vanilla

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