Sandalwood oil is a popular essential oil due to the variety of therapeutic benefits it offers and is typically used in a diffuser, burnt as incense or applied topically to the skin. Studies show that the alpha santalol in sandalwood oil calms the nervous system. Common markers of a stimulated nervous system include eye blink rate, pulse rate and systolic blood pressure, all of which are significantly reduced when sandalwood is absorbed through skin application.1
The oil can be used with an accompanying carrier oil or blended with other essential oils. Its sweet fragrance pairs well with the likes of lavender and geranium.
Inhaling Santalum album essential oil has been shown to reduce anxiety in a similar way to anti-anxiety medication. Due to high solubility levels, sandalwood’s fragrance molecules can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and interact with receptor types in the brain such as GABA (said to reduce anxiety), stimulating the body’s parasympathetic (or ‘rest and digest’) response.1
Across cultures and time, sandalwood oil has been used to soothe the mind, body, and spirit, identified in many ancient medical systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Its reputation for healing, and for its proven ability to neutralise stress, has complemented its illustrious fragrance reputation, making it the perfect addition to the soothing and healing world of aromatherapy.
Specialising in Indian and Australian sandalwood oil, Quintis is the world’s largest supplier of this unique ingredient. Certified natural, our steam distilled oils can be customised to suit your individual requirements. Our oils are used in a variety of ways and across many industries. Discover other applications of our oils below.