Sandalwood has long been a favourite perfume ingredient, and the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Indians used it for incense and embalming.
Source: Most Santalum album oil comes from India, but it is also cultivated in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Extraction: Sandalwood Mysore essential oil is extracted from the roots and heart wood of the tree.
Aroma: Pure Sandalwood Mysore essential oil has a deep fruity-sweet, woody scent.
Fragrance note: Base.
Properties: Sandalwood Mysore essential oil is antiseptic, astringent, relaxing, and regarded as an aphrodisiac.
In aromatherapy, it is used to relieve tension, stress and to encourage a restful night’s sleep. The comforting, warm aroma helps one to let go of emotional problems but can also excite the libido with woody fruity notes. Sandalwood is a very moisturizing oil and is especially good for cracked, chapped and mature skin.
Uses: Massage, baths, inhalation, vaporization and compress.
A few drops in a hot bath make one of the most soothing sensual soaks that will liberate both mind and body.
It makes the most relaxing body massage and is particularly good for any patches of rough, dry skin. Inhaled with steam or as a poultice it may help to loosen congestion.
Blends well with: Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Cistus, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Grapefruit, Fennel, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Myrrh, Neroli, Oakmoss, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Tuberose, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.
Caution: Sandalwood Mysore essential oil is perfectly safe for home use as long as it is diluted before application.