Sandalwood and Its Benefits

Benefits for Sandalwood
Benefits for Sandalwood.

Sandalwood is a fragrant type of wood found mainly in India. It is also available in South East Asia. It is known for its aromatic properties. Many perfumes, soaps, and essential oils are infused with the woody tones of sandalwood for a fresh and clean scent. Sandalwood gives off a calm and peaceful scent, which is why it is used in aromatherapy and meditation rooms.

In the Hindu religion, sandalwood is considered sacred and is used to make incense. Moreover, a paste made of sandalwood is used by people in the form of a ‘teeka’ and is considered very auspicious. Apart from this, sandalwood is also used in many cosmetic products for its medicinal properties.

Here are some of the benefits of sandalwood:

• Wrinkles

Sandalwood oil is known to have antioxidant properties. It reduces skin dryness, replenishes the lost moisture, and helps keep skin smooth and tight even at older ages. In addition, it increases skin elasticity and evades the early onset of wrinkles.

• Inflammation, eczema

The anti-inflammatory action helps with the treatment of hormonal as well as cystic acne. In Indian ancient culture, people applied sandalwood essence mixed with turmeric to reduce rashes. Today the same process is used for post-chemotherapy patients.

• Scars

Sandalwood helps increase the bounciness and elasticity of the skin. With the replenishment of skin cells, it is possible to reduce large acne scars as well.

• Helps with sleep

Santanol, an active compound in sandalwood, helps enhance a better sleep cycle. The compound is absorbed into the blood and induces good sound sleep. It is a great safe medication for people with insomnia who have a troubled sleep schedule.

Ayurveda and sandalwood

In the sacred Vedic texts, sandalwood is a highly esteemed tree revered for its medicinal properties. It is known as ‘Chandana in Hindi and is vital for many religious Hindu traditions. Sandalwood is considered pure and sacred. Ancient Hindu women have used sandalwood soap fit many years. It is suitable for all skin types and helps hydrate and cleanse the skin.

According to Ayurveda, sandalwood can also heal all three ‘dosha‘ of the body: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Sandalwood mixed with water applied to the body helps cool down the body temperature and ease ‘Pitta dosh’. Sandalwood can also help with sunburn, acne, fever and rashes.