Sandalwood Album Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Santalum album
Other names: White sandalwood, Mysore sandalwood, East Indian sandalwood
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Part of plant used in production: Heartwood
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: Native to Western Australia, Sandalwood is a parasitic tree obtaining its nutrients from several other plant species.
Characteristics: Santalum album is a clear, pale yellow to colourless liquid that has an oriental and balsamic base note with a medium aroma of soft, rich, sweet and woody.
Properties: Anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, aphrodisiac, perfumery
Constituents: Santalol (90%), Santalene, Lanceol
Uses: Sandalwood oil has a long history of use as traditional medicine for genital and urinary infections, digestive complaints, dry coughs, persistent coughs, throat irritations, laryngitis, nervous disorders, depression and anxiety.
It is also widely used in skin care product due to its re-hydration and moisturizing properties to treat dry, cracked and chapped skin, rashes and acne.
In perfumery, it is used as a blender with woody and floral scents.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.