Sandalwood Essential Oils
Though Sandalwood essential oils can come in East Indian Mysore or Australian, they share some of the same beneficial characteristics. Both are derived through steam distillation from the wood of the plant. Both have a relatively medium consistency and share an aroma that is woody, with East Indian sandalwood essential oils having an aroma that is additionally described as being rich, sweet, soft, and exotic. If you are blending essential oils, Australian blends well with peppermint, black pepper, myrrh, frankincense, cypress, coriander, clary sage, bergamot, geranium, clove bud, and others. East Indian blends with fewer essential oils such as rose, vetiver, patchouli, rosewood, ylang-ylang, and jasmine.
Overall Benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oils
In general, sandalwood essential oils can be put to good use for their following benefits:
- May show positive results when used to improve concentration and memory
- Helpful when used in the treatment of infections involving the urinary system
- May be beneficial for boosting the immune system
- Have been helpful for some individuals when used during a program of weight loss
- For spasms and associated issues, may be useful as a treatment
- Said to strengthen muscles and gums
- Reportedly useful in healing scars and reducing spots on the surface of the skin
- May assist in the lowering of bad cholesterol
Uses for Sandalwood Essential Oils
The above-listed benefits and many others are attributed to sandalwood’s properties as a tonic, sedative, memory booster, hypotensive, expectorant, emollient, disinfectant, diuretic, astringent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic substance, and more. In some cases, it is thought that the use of sandalwood essential oils may be beneficial in the treatment and/or prevention of certain cancers. In the Hindu religion, Sandalwood is an extremely important part of ceremonies and rituals in both religious and social realms.
Though no apparent risks have been reported concerning the use of sandalwood essential oils, using them on the skin in raw form is not recommended. Before skin application, these essential oils should be combined with a suitable carrier oil.