Sandalwood is an expensive oil but a worthwhile investment when one considers its wonderful properties. It is excellent for promoting healthy skin. Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood, is a threatened species near to extinction. Sandalwood trees are slow-growing, taking thirty to sixty years for a tree to reach full maturity. The tree is cut and distilled; the yellowish, fragrant wood is sold in thin scrapings. The demand for oil has resulted in over-harvesting of the trees. This means the price for pure sandalwood oil is very high.
How to Use Sandalwood Oil
Steam inhalation helps with maintaining a healthy skin. You can add a few drops to a basin of steaming hot water, cover the head with a towel and inhale.
Massaging with sandalwood enhances its soothing effects. For a great skin care oil, blend 3 drops of sandalwood with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil. For a more intense, sensual massage oil, add 2 drops of jasmine or rose essential oil.
Sandalwood oil is great for cleansing the skin and is a wonderful oil to add to massage and facial oils, bath oils, aftershaves, lotions and creams. It is especially useful for occasional dry skin. Adding a few drops to an unscented, natural cream or blending with jojoba oil will aid in maintenance of healthy skin. For occasional dry skin, blend 10 drops of pure sandalwood with 6 drops of geranium and 30ml sweet almond oil and massage into the skin.
Dry hair will benefit by simply adding a few drops of sandalwood oil to rinsing water.
About the author
Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.
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