Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood oil is one of the most expensive essential oils available on the market today. In ancient Egypt, sandalwood was held in such high regard that it was only accessible to the richest and most influential individuals. The sandalwood tree itself is considered holy. The tree is used for various religious ceremonies and spiritual practices from birth to death, including weddings. In Hinduism, Sandalwood is considered holy and indispensable in almost all of the social and religious rituals and ceremonies. Some Buddhists believe that the scent of sandalwood can help maintain alertness and focus during meditation.
Sandalwood oil is believed to be beneficial in treating both physical and mental disorders. Inhaling the aroma of sandalwood oil or absorbing it through the skin is thought to transmit messages to parts of the brain involved in controlling emotions, known as the limbic system.
The main constituents of sandalwood oil are beta-santalol, alpha-santalol, santyl acetate, and santalenes. Sandalwood oil and the paste of sandalwood is extensively used in skin care soaps, lotions, deodorants, perfumes, and creams.
Sandalwood Essential Oil is known to boost brain health due in part to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. The fragrance released by Sandalwood Essential Oil aromatherapy has been known to stimulate the nervous system and induce mental clarity.
Sandalwood soothes inflammation in the urinary system and induces relaxation, promoting the easy passage, frequency and volume of urine helping to flush out dangerous toxins and promoting renal health. This may also reduce the chance of infection and inflammation of the kidneys that can lead to other serious diseases.
Sandalwood Essential Oil can be used to reduce the inflammation of the skin as well as any inflammation that occurs internally. Sandalwood is an anti-inflammatory agent that may provide relief from mild inflammation in the brain, digestive, respiratory, nervous, circulatory, and excretory systems that result from infections, fever, side effects of antibiotics, poisoning, insect bites, or wounds.
Sandalwood oil, a natural sedative, promotes relaxation and shows promise as a means of promoting healthier sleep. In order to get a good night’s rest, you can apply a few drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil on the back of your neck.
Sandalwood has several properties that are beneficial in skin care, from antiviral properties protecting against infectious intruders to antiseptic abilities to help keep skin clean and clear. As a potential skin cancer protective agent, consider adding Sandalwood to facial remedies.
Lower Blood Pressure
Sandalwood Essential Oil, blood pressure reducing agent, has achieved positive results in helping lower the blood pressure due to its hypotensive components.
Some have found it to deliver a calming effect while activating a physiological response in regards to blood pressure and heart rate.
Sandalwood oil sedates anxiety, fear, stress, and restlessness and is often included in Traditional Asian remedies.
Sandalwood oil induces relaxation, calmness, concentration, inner vision, and positive thoughts.
Sandalwood’s main compound, alpha-santalol, promotes mental alertness and may enhance mental functioning when used in aromatherapy.
Sandalwood, a natural anti-inflammatory, is high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote aging.
Carminative (Relieving flatulence)
Sandalwood oil induces relaxation in the intestines and abdominal muscles, thereby facilitating the removal of gases.
Sandalwood is an excellent expectorant that can be helpful in the natural treatment of colds and coughs.
When applied topically, Sandalwood oil speeds the healing process and keeps the area free of germs, reducing the chances of infection.
Used in incense sticks, sprays, fumigants, and evaporators Sandalwood fragrance keeps away microbes and small insects.
Sandalwood oil relaxes nerves, muscles, and blood vessels, helping to relieve spasms, cramps, aches, and contractions. Sandalwood oil can be massaged onto the affected area to reduce the spasm.
Sandalwood oil has the ability to eliminate headaches and migraines.
Any pain that is caused in the body due to inflammation can be reduced greatly with sandalwood oil. Sandalwood essential oil is particularly useful for the regulation of dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain and pain relief, due to the α-santalol and β-Santalol receptors that are involved in pain modulation
Sandalwood oil is known for its astringent properties, making it useful as a disinfectant in genitourinary and bronchial tracts. Many aftershaves and facial toners use sandalwood as one of their primary ingredients to help soothe, tighten, and cleanse the skin.
Sandalwood oil soothes the skin, relieves it from inflammation and irritation, cures infections, and helps scars and spots to heal much faster.
Sandalwood reduces oily skin and helps eliminate scars, blemishes and other marks.
How it's used
You can diffuse, inhale or apply essential oils topically to the skin. In order to apply the oil to the skin, it is recommended to be mixed with some other oil that acts as a carrier.
Sandalwood Essential Oil should not be used as a substitute for any medicine that has been advised by the doctor. Prolonged or excessive exposure to the sandalwood fragrance can trigger increases in blood pressure and heart rate. Women who are pregnant or nursing are discouraged from using sandalwood essential oil, as well as any other essential oil.
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