Ancient Uses of Sandalwood
Sandalwood is known to be one of the oldest materials used for aromatic and perfumery uses; it has been used for at least 4,000 years. The ancient Egyptians used sandalwood to embalm bodies. Indian temples are built with sandalwood in order to keep white ants at bay. Sandalwood is also used in Indian meditation ceremonies. In Ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood was used for respiratory and urinary infections and for the revitalization of skin; in Chinese Medicine, sandalwood was used for skin complaints, stomach ache and vomiting. The Japanese used sandalwood to honor Buddha. I thought it would be helpful to share 5 powerful ways that Sandalwood can be used.
Distillation of Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is obtained from small pieces of wood from matured sandalwood trees by a process known as steam distillation. Ideally, wood from the trees which are around 80 years old should be used to extract sandalwood essential oil. However, considering the rarity of this species, people often extract the oil from trees that are anything between 40 years and 80 years old. In fact, the relatively older sandalwood trees will not only enclose more quantities of the essential oil, but its aroma too would be more potent or rich.
The Benefits of Sandalwood Oil
- Sandalwood is a sedative oil, hence its use in meditation, as it induces a feeling of deep peace
- Sandalwood is also
- A decongestant
- It has been used in the healing process of major burns victims, due to its antiseptic properties
- Sandalwood is useful for chronic bronchial infections and for treating coughs (sandalwood oil)
- It is also effective in helping sciatica and lumbago.
People who are new to aromatherapy often confuse essential oils with fragrance oils, but these two products serve entirely different purposes. Fragrance oils are synthetic scents that have been created in a laboratory, while essential oils are made from natural plant extracts. Both have a pleasing smell, but only essential oils offer the benefits of aromatherapy. Essential oils are also significantly more expensive than fragrance oils, since they are highly concentrated and must be harvested with great care.
Aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular among those who are interested in alternative medicine. I have had great success using Sandalwood essential oil in a carrier oil for several clients who are suffering from depression. I invite you to contact me to discuss ways in which Aromatherapy and essential oils can assist you to better health.
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