white Sandalwood wood tan xiang

Description of the herb Sandalwood

It is a small, graceful shrub/tree with part parasitic feeding habits with yellow to maroon flowers. It has fragrant wood.

Parts used

The heartwood is used, as well as the essential oil extracted from it.

Properties

It is considered a cooling and calming aromatic herb, with astringent, antispasmodic, digestive, diuretic, analgesic and antiseptic properties.

Proper Mysore sandalwood oil is extremely expensive, although a variety of cheaper sandalwood essential oil is also on the market.

Therapeutic uses

Internal use
Internally, sandalwood can be used for disorders of the genital and urinary tract, stomach and digestive problems, as well as for fever and sunstroke.
It is also used to treat dizziness as well as general chest complaints.
In traditional medicine it is used for infections of the lower urinary tract, including cystitis and gonorrhea.
External use
Sandalwood is most useful in skin disorders.
Aromatherapy and essential oil use
It is wonderfully relaxing, reducing confusion and balancing the mind. In the body it acts on the genito-urinary tract and eases chronic infections.
It helps to clear up catarrh, as well as a dry cough and boosts the digestive system, especially helpful in diarrhea.
On the skin, sandalwood essential oil helps to moisturize and hydrate ageing, dry or flaky skin, relieving itching and inflammation and its astringent action balances oily skin conditions.
It has antiphlogistic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, astringent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, sedative and tonic properties.