Sandalwood Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum album) is derived from the steam distillation of the wood from the sandalwood tree. It's woody, and earthy aroma is incredibly grounding and rich, but not overwhelming. Its chemical makeup varies from Hawaiian Sandalwood, and it's obviously not from Hawaii. Its sustainability is also starting to drop off, so Hawaiian Sandalwood will hopefully become a more eco-friendly replacement.
Therapeutically, it's most often used for healthy skin, the nervous system, and muscles and bones. Sandalwood is also an oil high in sesquiterpenes, a naturally occurring chemical compound found in certain essential oils, known for having a positive impact on health and wellness, particular in regards to the brain. It is one of the oils with the capability of passing the blood brain barrier, a necessary component to supporting cellular health. But it's probably the emotional wellness and aromatic influence that is more widely known.
- Promotes healthy, smooth skin
- Reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes
- Enhances mood
- Frequently used in meditation for its grounding and uplifting properties
Sandalwood oil is widely known for being a spiritual, sacred oil, used around the world during practices of prayer and meditation. Perhaps this is because of the way the oil impacts a busy mind, calming thoughts and anxiety or worry, allowing a person to relax into a peaceful state, let go of their own mind/ego, and slip into presence (especially when applied over the forehead, the prefrontal cortex, which is your worry center of the brain).
How to Use Sandalwood Essential Oil
Traditionally, sandalwood essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Sandalwood Essential Oil
Precautions: Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Sandalwood Essential Oil
- For an at-home spa experience, fill a large bowl with steaming water, then apply 1–2 drops of Sandalwood to your face and cover head with a towel. Place your face above the steaming water. Your skin will feel nourished and rejuvenated.
- Apply 1–2 drops to wet hair to help restore moisture and give hair a silky shine.
- Inhale Sandalwood directly from palms or diffuse to lessen tension and balance emotions.
- Massage 1-2 drops over the area of concern, either undiluted or with a moisturizer or carrier of your choice in order to reduce wrinkles.
- Add several drops to coconut oil and apply to the hair to help with dryness.
Inspiration for Using Sandalwood Essential Oil
Clear Skin Makeup Remover: Mix together 1/2 cup hot water with 1/4 castile soap, then add 2 tbsp coconut oil and 10 drops Sandalwood Essential oil.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils