Latin Name: Santalum spicatum
My first experience with sandalwood essential oil gave me a sense of its powerful sedative effect. While experimenting with blends that would help my grandson with anxiety, I found myself struggling to stay awake. That discovery inspired its inclusion in a bedtime spray for children, and a bedtime roll-on that I use when battling insomnia.
We recommend using Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) as an alternative to the commonly used Indian variety. Western Australia has the world’s largest sustainable sandalwood reserve, where it is produced in an environmentally responsible manner. In most cases, it can be substituted for Indian Sandalwood as its aroma and therapeutic actions are very similar. The Indian variety is in danger of becoming unavailable due to the high demand and questionable harvesting methods.
Sandalwood has been used in Eastern cultures for more than 4,000 years, where it is a part of many religious rituals. This small evergreen tree was historically used for making furniture, caskets, and temples — not only because of its aroma, it is also resistant to insects.
Sandalwood’s soft, woody scent is recognizable to most people and the essential oil is used frequently used in the perfume industry.
HOW TO USE SANDALWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL
- Anti-Inflammatory: 1) Topical Application on affected area using a 2% dilution in a carrier oil or lotion.
- Anxiety, Stress: 1) Topical Application on pulse points and the bottoms of the feet. 2) Whole Body Massage using a massage oil at no greater than 2% dilution.
- Bronchitis, Laryngitis, Catarrh, Cough: 1) Direct Inhalation. 2) Steam Inhalation.
- Depression: 1) Diffusion. 2) Whole Body Massage using a massage oil at no greater than 2% dilution.
- Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting: 1) Topical Application using a 2% dilution in a carrier oil. 2) Compress on the stomach/abdomen using 1/4 cup warm or cool water and 2 drops of essential oil. Use a natural fiber cloth to apply. May place an ice pack or waterproof heating pad over the compress.
- Immune Support: 1) Direct Inhalation. 2) Topical Application using a 2% dilution in a carrier oil. 3) 2) Whole Body Massage using a massage oil at no greater than 2% dilution. 4) Aromatic Bath using 5-10 drops essential oil and a dispersing agent. Add essential oils just before entering the tub.
- Skin Care: 1) Topical Application using 2% dilution in lotion or facial care product.
- Sleep Aid: 1) Topical Application on pulse points and the bottoms of the feet. 2) Aromatic Bath using 5-10 drops essential oil and a dispersing agent. Add oil just before entering the tub.
NOTE: Sandalwood essential oil WILL NOT work in a nebulizing diffuser.
Learn more about how to implement these methods of use outlined above in this article.
- 2% dilution equals 2 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5ml) carrier oil
- 3% dilution equals 3 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
- 4% dilution equals 4 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
- 5% dilution equals 5 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
Carrier Oils include almond, avocado, jojoba, olive and coconut. Carrier oils are absorbed through the skin so make sure you use a pure, organic oil.
Check out this article for more information on carrier oils.
- Sandalwood is regarded as nontoxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
- Safe for use on those over the age of two.
- Do not use internally.
Apple Wellness has been expanding our selection of essential oils and aromatherapy supplies. We have found that essential oils can help our customers “Find Their Healthy Place”!
Stop in either of our two locations and one of our Wellness Consultants can help you find the essential oils you are looking for. They can also assist you in choosing supplements that support your individual health needs.
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