Sandalwood is one of the oldest known perfume materials. A small evergreen tree that grows up to 9 metres. It has a brown-grey trunk and many smooth slender branches. It has leathery leaves and small pinky-white flowers. The tree must be thirty years old before it is ready for the production of sandalwood oil. Sandalwood oil is produced by the steam distillation of its wood.
This rich and sweet scented oil has a subtle, woody aroma which brings one to inner awareness, helping with meditation.
It has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies by many religions including Roman Catholism. It is still used today in most churches.
It is also helpful for depression, insomnia, stress, as well as for overcoming obsessions and feelings of isolation and grief.
Sandalwood oil helps with dry nasal conditions, dry coughs and throat as it helps increase the secretion of mucous.
Sandalwood is also very skin friendly, and helps bring sebum back into balance. It is used for acne, dry and cracked skin, eczema and is soothing to inflamed skin conditions.
It is most important as a powerful urinary antiseptic. It has been used for centuries, for the treatment of various infections of the urinary tract such as cystitis.
It is one of the perfumes that seems to be as popular for use by men as it is with women.
It has a calming effect on anxiety and may be helpful with frigidity and impotence. It reduces fears and makes an individual both physically and emotionally more open to a physical relationship.