Your chill friend on the block- Indian Sandalwood
We could always use a little chill in our day, are we right? Relaxation is the most common culprit when new users begin their venture into aromatherapy. While lavender is usually the first essential oil users are looking for, likely because it’s the ONLY essential oil they are aware of, it’s not the only oil that will offer the chillaxing benefit users crave. Make some wiggle room, lavender, because Indian sandalwood is in the house. Indian Sandalwood, also properly known as Santalum album, has been used as early as 1,000 AD – not their first stroll around the block. It’s been used by ancient Egyptians for embalming, Buddhists have dabbled in its use for depression and anxiety and Tibetan monks for relaxation and focus. Woah, this powerhouse of a botanical is worth exploring!
So, what does Indian sandalwood look like?
Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil comes from the heartwood of the sandalwood tree, which is a member of the evergreen family. The tree has an abundance of branches with leathery leaves and small pink-purple flowers. It takes 30- 60 YEARS for the tree to mature enough to extract the essential oil (um…woah). Ain’t nobody got time for that…well, we do! Once it has matured, it’s cut down into thin scrapings, then steam distilled to extract the b-e-a-utiful essential oil. Due to the length of time it takes for the tree to mature, the essential oil has become an expensive, prized oil on the market.
The aroma of Indian sandalwood is woody, lightly sweet and pale yellow in color.
Where the heck does it come from?
Indian sandalwood was originally native to India (surprise, surprise), however, after decades of overharvesting left it a threatened species, it’s now grown in Australia as well.
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Indian sandalwood was originally native to India, however, after decades of overharvesting left it a threatened species, it’s now grown in Australia.
Indian sandalwood essential oil has been commonly used for the last 200 years, however, as it grew in popularity, India couldn’t keep up with the growth demand. As it became more challenging to get the essential oil, naturally the price increased. Because it takes so many decades for an Indian sandalwood tree to mature and be ready for harvest into a bottle of goodness, there were high risks of running completely out of the essential oil before additional trees had matured. In a panic to preserve what trees were left, India banned selling the essential oil twice to manage the demand, unfortunately that encouraged illegal exporting of the oil (eek!).
Indian sandalwood trees are now grown on farms in Australia, in environments that mimic that of India, to encourage the trees to naturally create the essential oil. Luckily, there is more of a balance in the system now, and we are happy to provide you with the finest Indian sandalwood that has lived a happy, LEGAL life.
Indian sandalwood blends well with floral oils such as: geranium, jasmine, lavender and rose.
Quick tips with Indian sandalwood:
- Inhale to calm during high stress situations.
- Blend with fractionated coconut oil and apply as a chest rub to clear.
- Diffuse for 30 minutes before bed to relax into a peaceful slumber.
- Mix with your favorite unscented lotion for a woodsy moisturizer.
Get your hands on Indian sandalwood today to add to your essential oil collection of loveliness!