Welcome to our guide on Sandalwood, one of the most beloved oils due to its woody, warm, and sweet scent as well as its versatility in various blends.
Origins of Sandalwood
Sandalwood is a type of wood that is harvested from the sandalwood tree, which is native to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Australia. It is scientifically known as Santalum album and belongs to the Santalaceae family. The essential oil is extracted from the heartwood of the tree through steam distillation and is widely used in the perfume, cosmetic, and aromatherapy industries.
History of Uses
The use of Sandalwood can be traced back to ancient times. In India, it was used in religious ceremonies, while in Egypt, it was used in embalming practices. In China, it was used as a medicinal herb to treat various ailments, and in Japan, it was used in the production of incense. In modern times, it is still used in perfumery and aromatherapy.
Warm, woody, and sweet. Sandalwood is a base note, making it a perfect addition to perfume blends. Base notes are the notes that hang in the air the longest, so for example, when you spray our Zen Room Spray, you will initially smell the top notes of mandarin and bergamot, then as they fade, the base notes of sandalwood will be what lingers in the air the longest.
Sandalwood also blends well with other essential oils such as lavender, mandarin, bergamot, lemon, cardamom and ylang-ylang.
Known for its grounding and calming effects, Sandalwood is known to promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and increase focus. When used in massage therapy, it can help alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote restful sleep. It is known as natures sedative, which is why we use this precious oil in our Zen Pillow Spray. It is also used in skincare to soothe and nourish dry and irritated skin.
Sandalwood has been revered for centuries for its spiritual properties, and is believed to have a powerful effect on the mind and soul. Its rich, woody scent has a grounding effect, and has long been used in religious and spiritual practices for its ability to promote feelings of inner peace and tranquility. Sandalwood is said to help calm the mind, quieting distracting thoughts and allowing for a deeper, more focused meditation practice.
Sandalwood is also believed to enhance spiritual awareness, allowing for a deeper connection to the divine. Its subtle, earthy aroma is said to stimulate the third eye chakra, which is associated with intuition, insight, and spiritual wisdom. By opening this chakra, sandalwood is believed to help awaken the inner self, promoting a greater sense of spiritual connection and understanding.
Other Oils it Pairs Well With
When used in combination with other essential oils, Sandalwood can create unique and complex scent profiles. It pairs well with floral oils like jasmine and rose, citrus oils like bergamot, mandarin and lemon, and herbal oils like lavender and rosemary.
How to Use
To use sandalwood for promoting a peaceful night's sleep, you can try using a calming spray that includes sandalwood as one of its ingredients, like our Zen Pillow Spray. This natural sleep aid, which also includes mandarin, bergamot, vetiver, and cardamom, can help relieve stress and anxiety, ease mental fatigue, improve mood, and soothe the body and mind. Simply spray it on your pillow or around your room before bedtime, and enjoy the calming and relaxing benefits of sandalwood.
Experience the soothing effects of Sandalwood to bring a sense of tranquility and relaxation into your daily routine!