(Santalum album)

Family: Santalaceae
Description: Sandalwood is a small evergreen tree with pinky-purple flowers. Mysore in India is the main producer of sandalwood essential oil, which is steam- or water-distilled from the powdered heartwood arid major roots.
Countries of origin: India, China, Australia, New Caledonia
Characteristics: Sandalwood’s warm, heavy fragrance increases over time, and it has the longest-lasting aroma of essential oils. It has sweet, woody, roselike top notes and deep, balsamic, spicy, oriental undertones. Sandalwood blends well with most florals and resins, and also with rosewood, clove, black pepper, cypress, vetiver, patchouli and bergamot.

Main therapeutic properties: Anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericide, carminative, cicatrizant, demulcent, expectorant, sedative, tonic.

Sandalwood is widely used in the perfume industry and its gentle, erotic fragrance is enjoyed by women and men alike. It is excellent for urinary-tract infections and is the first choice for chronic bronchitis, soothing and alleviating the symptoms. It is wonderful in skin care for all skin types, balancing, soothing and hydrating the skin, with a possible rejuvenating effect. Overall, sandalwood is erotic, relaxing and uplifting.
Excellent for nervous tension and depression, sandalwood is also a powerful aphrodisiac, especially useful when sexual problems are caused by stress, anxiety and isolation. When used in massages and baths, sandalwood is cooling and calming, helping to prevent tense headaches and relieving insomnia.

Psychologically, sandalwood facilitates spiritual practice and has been used in incense as a meditation aid for centuries. It calms irritation born of frustration, quietens and stills the mind, and opens you up to your spiritual potential. Sandalwood is associated with both the crown and base chakras. Traditionally, sandalwood has been used to arouse Kundalini in tantric rituals, which means that it arouses sexual energy for the purpose of transmutation into spiritual wisdom. Sandalwood helps to balance and harmonize the chakras, thereby restoring equilibrium.