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Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Essential Oil Profile

Sandalwood Oil is a profoundly versatile essential oil for its applications spiritual and emotional applications as well as its applications in perfumery/fragrancing and skin care.

Sandalwood has been used since ancient times as incense for spiritual applications. Sandalwood Essential Oil is deeply grounding and is useful for chakra work.

Emotionally, Sandalwood Oil is calming and helps to instill a sense of inner peace. It is a good choice to try in cases of stress, depression or low self esteem. Sandalwood is also considered an aphrodisiac.

Aromatically, Sandalwood Oil is rich, woody yet sweet. It is frequently utilized in high end fragrances and is a favorite amongst both men and women. Sandalwood is a base note and helps round out blends.

Sandalwood Shavings Sandalwood Oil

Santalum album is featured within this profile. AromaWeb will profile other varieties of sandalwood in the near future.

Botanical Name

Santalum album

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Wood

Color

Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Medium - Thick

Perfumery Note

Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Rich, sweet, fragrant yet delicate, woody, floral.

Sandalwood Oil Uses

Bronchitis, chapped skin, depression, dry skin, laryngitis, leucorrhea, oily skin, scars, sensitive skin, stress, stretch marks. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]

Major Constituents

(Z)-a-Santalol
(Z)-B-Santalol
(Z)-Nuciferol
epi-B-Santalol
(Z)-a-trans-Bergamotol
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 180-182. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 418.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that although rare, Sandalwood Oil has the potential to cause adverse skin reactions. They recommend a dermal maximum of 2%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 418-419.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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