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Sandalwood as an Herb

Sandelwood as an Herb

Santalum album

Other Names: Sanderswood, White Saunders, Yellow

Sandalwood is from a small tree that grows 20 to 30 feet high, with many opposite slender drooping branches, the bark a smooth grey-brown.

Indian Sandalwood is a Government monopoly.

Sandalwood is much used as a perfume for different purposes. The wood is used for making fancy articles and is much carved.

Sandalwood as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

The medicinal parts are the oil extracted from the trunk wood, the heartwood freed from the sapwood and the bark, and the dried wood. The wood has a characteristic odor.

The vital oil extracted from the sandalwood was used extensively as an important medicine till the period between 1920 and 1930. During this period, the sandalwood oil was primarily used internally as an internal medication to treat urinary as well as genital disorders and externally as an antiseptic.

Sandalwood oil is used to cool the body during fevers and heat stroke. It is also used to aid in the passing of kidney and gall stones, and for infections in the urinary tract. Used internally in chronic bronchitis, a few drops on sugar giving relief.

Sandlewood is Approved by Commission E for infections of the urinary tract. It is generally used in combination with other diuretic or urinary disinfecting herbs.

Chinese medicine: The Chinese use Sandalwood primarily for epigastric pain, chest pain and vomiting.

Homeopathic Uses: Uses of the herb in homeopathy include urethral inflammation. It is advisable to use Sandalwood in combination with other diuretic or urinary disinfecting herbs.

Indian medicine: Internal uses include heat stroke, sunstroke and resulting fever. It is used as an infusion mixed with honey (in Kerala); with water cooked in rice (in Nepal); in the treatment of gonorrhea and as an anti-aphrodisiac in ayurvedic medicine.

In aromatherapy, Sandalwood oil is used to calm and relax, and for meditation. It has been used as an aphrodisiac, by using the oil for perfume. Considered to be a deep relaxant and stimulant of psychic centers.

Sandalwood Oil is used in perfumery and in the diffusor. Used in blends for compress and for massage.

Culinary Uses of Sandalwood

Generally not recommended.

Love Potion?

Place 20 drops of sandalwood oil, 4 drops of cocoa powder, 1 drop rose in a container to be used as a perfume.

Sandelwood in a Love Potion

Cautions

As the sandalwood oil is very potent, it is advisable not to use it without carrier oil.

Although the essential oil extracted from sandalwood is not known to have any serious side effects, sometimes people have complained of moderate skin irritation following the external application of sandalwood oil.

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