Next to African Blackwood, sandalwood is the world’s most expensive wood. The trees are prized for their wood and oil, both highly esteemed in rituals and medicinal use for over 5,000 years. Their distinction as royal and sacred trees has much to do with their inimitable fragrance and remarkable health-enhancing properties.  Although the oil is relatively scarce, many feel it is a treasure trove well worth the price. Tap into the riches of sandalwood essential oil to help strengthen your body and mind.


1. History

Traditional Ayurvedic (Indian), Chinese, and Egyptian medicines have used sandalwood oil for thousands of years. The oil is an important part of religious rites, including weddings, births, and funerals in Hinduism and Buddhism. Sandalwood oil is common in personal care products, perfumes, and as a flavoring agent. In Australia, it is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter medications. The oil derives from the heartwood of Santalum album tree, which contains over 200 compounds with known health benefits. Two of these phytochemicals, alpha- and beta-santalol, are responsible for the oil’s strong fragrance and the source of many potent healing capabilities.

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