Nature's Gift to Mankind

Sandalwood was first referenced in Ayurveda’s foundation text Charaka Samhita around 100 AD (Sarvesh et al, 2013).

Named throughout history respectively as ‘Nature’s Gift to Mankind’, ‘Green Gold’ and the ‘Royal Tree’, Sandalwood Album’s ancient legacy together with modern scientific research continues to reveal the true potential of nature’s wellbeing super-ingredient.

Clinical Studies

Clinical studies for Sandalwood Album oil are undertaken by our pharmaceutical subsidiary, Santalis. US FDA phase 2 studies are currently underway for eczema, HPV, molluscum, psoriasis and oral mucositis, together with Australian phase 2 studies for eczema and psoriasis. Pre-clinical studies have also been completed for acne and actinic keratosis, providing strong evidence for the benefits of Sandalwood Album.

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Proven Modern Science

 

Global independent studies have also revealed the following qualities of Sandalwood Album, among many others.

  • Anti-oxidant (Sindu et al 2010).
  • Anti-microbial - Bacteria, Fungi, Yeast, Parasites (Chao et al 2008).
  • Analgesic (Sindu et al 2010).
  • Anti-inflammatory (Sindu et al 2010).
  • Anti-proliferative, anti-cancer and anti-tumor (Misra & Dey 2013).
  • Cooling and moisturising (Misra & Dey 2013).
  • Improves alertness, attentiveness, mood and vigor (Misra & Dey 2013).
  • Relaxes and sedates the nervous system (Misra & Dey 2013).
  • Soothing effects on the respiratory system – for the treatment of common cold and bronchitis (Holmes 1989).

For more information about the properties of Sandalwood Album visit the Santalis website. 

Flavour and Fragrance

Sandalwood Album has the highest levels of "santalols" as compared to other species of sandalwood; these parts of the oil are the powerhouse behind the fragrant and medicinal properties of the oil.

Within flavour and fragrance, Sandalwood Album delivers a striking woody base note, and acts as a fixative, to ensure the longevity of perfume on the skin. 47% of all perfumes created since 1790 contain sandalwood notes that include:

  • Top: Sweet, nutty and diffuse 
  • Heart: Lactonic, slight hay, woody, sweet
  • Base: Woody, slightly spicy 

Sandalwood Album is the king of all woods, as rose is the queen of all flowers

Bertrand Duchaufour Master Perfumer and Internationally Renowned Nose

Ayurveda

Sandalwood is referenced in Ayurveda as being antiseptic, cooling, diaphoretic, antipyretic, antiscabietic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, expectorant, carminative, cicatrisant (skin healing), antiphlogistic (reducing inflammation), antiseptic, antispasmodic (soothing muscles), aphrodisiac and astringent.

Sandalwood is also used within Ayurveda for the treatment of bronchitis, psoriasis, palpitations, sunstroke, urethritis, vaginitis, acute dermatitis, herpes zoster, dysuria, urinary infection, gastric mucin augmenting activity, and gonnorheal recovery as it contains antibacterial and antifungal principles (Misra & Dey 2013).

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Within traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, sandalwood, known as Tan Xiang in China, has been used by herbalists and practitioners to treat a number of ailments.

These include skin diseases, acne, dysentery, gonorrhea, anxiety, cystitis, fatigue, frigidity, impotence, nervous tension, eczema, stomach-ache, vomiting and stress (Misra & Dey 2013).

Sandalwood has also been found to be particularly effective in regulating Qi flow (vital energy), warming to harmonise the stomach and to eliminate pain (Yan, Liu & Lin 2012).

Spirituality & Religion 

Buddhism

Sandalwood has been used for thousands of years by Buddhists to enable a strong focus and connection to meditative space, whether is be applied to the third eye between the eyebrows, or burned as oil or incense during meditation or prayer. Traditionally, Buddhists used sandalwood oil as a therapy for anxiety, depression and insomnia, while Tibetan monks have used it to relax the body and focus the mind (Heuberger et al 2006).

Hinduism

People of Hindu faith use sandalwood in many of their religious ceremonies including funerals, daily worship and to purify sacred places. According to the Vamana Purana, an ancient Hindu text, sandalwood is recommended for use in worshiping the god Shiva, and it is believed that the goddess Lakshmi resides in the sandalwood tree.

Islam

Sandalwood is among the precious approved fragrances in the Islamic faith including amber, jasmine, myrrh and musk. During the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, Muslim people have been known to burn incense and use sandalwood oil as fragrance to commemorate the end of Ramadan.

Over three tonnes of sandalwood was burned on Gandhi's funeral pyre and 500 million sandalwood incense sticks are burned during worship each day in India.

Bibliography 

Chao S, Young G, Oberg C, Nakaoka K 2008, ‘Inhibition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by essential oils’, Flavour and Fragrance Journal Vol. 23 pp. 444-449.

Holmes P. 1989, ‘The energetic of western herbs’, Vol II, Artemis Press, USA.


Heuberger, E., T. Hongratanaworakit, & G. Buchbauer 2006. ‘East Indian Sandalwood and alpha-Santalol odor increase physiological and self-rated arousal in humans’, Planta Medica Vol. 72 pp. 792–800.


Misra, Biswapriya B. & Satyahari Dey 2013, ‘Biological Activities of East Indian Sandalwood Tree Santalum album’, Natural Product Communications Vol. 0 No. 1-2.


Sarvesh, K, P Satadru, M Santosh Kumar & K Dileep 2013, ‘Skin care in Ayurveda: a literary review’, International Research Journal of Pharmacy Vol. 4 No. 3 pp1-3.


Sindhu, Rakesh K., Upma, Ashok Kumar, Sahil Arora 2010, ‘LINN: A REVIEW ON MORPHOLOGY PHYTOCHEMISTRY AND PHARMACOLOGICAL ASPECTS’, International Journal of PharmTech Research Vol.2, No.1, pp 914-919.


Yan, Chong, Hongju Liu & Li Lin 2012, ‘Simultaneous determination of vitexin and isovitexin in rat plasma after oral administration of Santalum album L. leaves extract by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry’, Biomedical Chromatography Vol. 27 pp 228-232.