Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sandalwood trees grow in India, south Asia, Hawaii and other tropical areas. These trees have an aromatic wood that is used for carving, essential oil and sometimes for building. The demand for sandal wood is so high that the highest quality trees those that are at least 40 years old are becoming very rare.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally Sandalwood is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Some of the uses include as a treatment vomiting, stomach pains, skin disorders, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual dysfunction. It can help stimulate the immune system to grow more white blood cells. Fungal infections like thrush and tinea can be helped by the herb. Some also use it to treat dry coughs, bronchitis, sore throat and infections of the urinary tract.
Sandal wood oil is a treatment for inflammation of the bladder and pain with urination. Chinese medicine may prescribe it for a migraine sufferer, as it can help to ease the symptoms. If you're lucky enough to live near a sandal wood tree, you can just rub the leaves from the tree between your fingers and then apply the resulting oil on your forehead. If you use essential oil, be sure to dilute it first. It is also considered a sedative in Chinese medicine.
Externally Sandalwood has been proven to ease stress, anxiety, insomnia, tension and grief. It can be applied to acne, chapped skin and oily or dry skin. Ayurvedic herbal remedies include mixing the powdered wood into a paste to use for snake bite or fever. Sandal wood is also used in aromatherapy for ailments such as nervous disorders, depression and anxiety, rashes, acne, dry and chapped skin, laryngitis, coughs, and urinary infections.
Other Uses Sandalwood is used in perfumery and carvings from the wood are often sold to tourists. The wood is popular when burnt for incense, which is used for personal use and religious ceremonies.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
Wood The wood of the sandal wood tree can be powdered or can be distilled into essential oil.
Sandalwood oil can sometimes cause dermatitis in people who are sensitive to it. Be aware that the oil may be adulterated. Due to the high demand and the scarcity of the raw material, many producers are tempted to dilute the oil.
If you suffer from kidney disease, you should not use sandal wood internally. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid. Infants and children should not use. There are no known drug interactions with this herb.
Preparation and Dosage
Sandalwood oil should only be used under the direction of a qualified herbalist or physician.