Therapeutic Benefits Of Sandalwood Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the practice of utilizing essential oils derived from plants for physical and emotional well-being. These essential oils are highly concentrated liquid forms that possess therapeutic properties and the aroma of the plant they are extracted from. Sandalwood oil is extracted from chipped pieces of wood from a sandalwood tree that is between 40 and 80 years old. Although the wood yields a very high percentage of oil, it is extremely expensive because the older the tree, the richer the oil content. Because of its strength, sandalwood should never be applied to the skin directly and should always be mixed with a carrier oil.
There are three main types of sandalwood essential oil currently in use. The Indian variety is of the highest quality, but is on the verge of extinction. The Hawaiian variety is the next best, while the Australian variety is of the lowest quality.
Sandalwood essential oil has a number of healing benefits and medicinal properties. The oil has a rich woody smell making it pleasant for therapeutic use. Add a few drops of this oil to a vaporizer so that the oil molecules are diffused through the air in minute quantities and can enter the body easily. Sandalwood oil has a relaxing, soothing effect on the body and is known to improve concentration levels as well. Upon entering the body, the compounds in sandalwood oil protect the body from any infection given the disinfectant property of this oil.
Sandalwood oil has excellent anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can massage the oil onto bruised skin to speed up the healing process. It protects any wounds or sores from getting septic. Moreover, it not only provides relief from inflammations on the skin, but also internal inflammations in the nervous or circulatory system. It is also anti-spasmodic in nature. Given this quality, it helps relieve any muscle cramps and body aches by easing out excessive contractions. The compounds in sandalwood oil also act as expectorants and relieve thick congestion to provide respiratory relief.
An important healing property of sandalwood essential oil is that it is cicatrisant in nature. In other words, it encourages the formation of scar tissue, thus helping the fading away of scars and marks on the body. This oil also contains natural emollients that soften the skin and correct any dryness or scaling.
Although this oil has minimal side effects, excessive use has been shown to increase pulse rate and blood pressure.