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Sandalwood Essential Oil


Sandalwood is one of the oldest known aromatic materials with a rich history of use in religious ceremonies. Used in aromatherapy for it’s deep, rich scent and its calming actions to the mind and body. It is also used in aromatherapy for a variety of skin and lymphatic conditions.

Name of Oil:  Sandalwood

Latin Binomial:  Santalum album

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  India

Scent Profile:  Woody, rich, sweet

Parts used in distillation:  Wood and major roots

Oil Characteristics:  Clear to yellow tinged, medium to thick, medium

Cultivation:  Wild Harvest

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Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Varicose veins, swollen lymph nodes, calming, headaches, insomnia, tension, respiratory infections, bronchitis, urinary infections, skin soothing, dry skin, skin inflammation, oily skin and acne.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Serenity, emotional control, awareness, isolation, nervous depression, fear, stress and a hectic lifestyle.


One of the oldest known aromatic materials, used a lot in religious ceremonies

Chemical Constituents

santalols, santyl acetate, santalenes

Safety & References

Safety Data:

Non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young 

The Complete Book of Essential Oils &Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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