Sandalwood is my most treasured fragrance in my aromatherapy world. The soft, woody aroma not only leaves one in a relaxed and meditative mood but it can also work wonders for skin.
The wood and oil is used in sacred religious ceremonies and has been celebrated by eastern medicine for centuries.
It is usually available as a light brown, smooth powder which is derived from the fragrant wood of the Genus Santalum tree. Sandalwood essential oil is ideal for treating a variety of skin woes. It has a broad range of medicinal properties and is often used as a home remedy for many skin treatments. In the Ayurveda world it is a prized natural beauty agent.
- Anti-inflammatory : Your skin can become inflamed by all sorts of things like the sun, insect bites and of course acne. So just as it can calm and sooth the mind and soul it will do the same for your skin!
- Astringent : Your pores need to be shrunk and tightened. So as a toner it gets the job done and also works with the skin’s proteins to firm it up and protect it.
- Antiseptic : cleansing your skin is crucial to avoid bacteria growth and other problems. Sandalwood has anti-bacterial properties that will vanquish acne before it even starts.
- Scarring : helps nourish the skin, improve the elasticity of skin cells, even out skin tone. Because of these qualities, it can be beneficial in reducing the appearance of scars & stretchmarks.
So now you know what skin issues it may help you with but how exactly does one use it ?
Sandalwood powder is so easy to use and can be mixed up to create your tailored sacred skin care range. If you have an oily skin try this from “the lab”
- 2 tbsp. Sandalwood powder
- 1 tbsp. rose water
- glass bottle or jar & lid
- Mix the sandalwood powder with rose water in a jar.
- Apply the paste onto your clean, dry face.
- Leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Store remaining paste in jar.
If you want to use as an antiseptic rinse for your face then apply sandalwood powder mixed with milk on your face or the affected area can really rid your skin if bacteria.
- 1 tbsp. Sandalwood powder
- 1 drop tea tree oil
- 2 tsp. rose or lavender water
- Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar.
- Cleanse and gently dry your face.
- Apply paste to pimples as a spot treatment.
- Wash off after 10 minutes with lukewarm water, or leave on overnight.
Scars and dark spots :
Mix 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder and coconut oil and massage it on your face and leave it on overnight. With regular usage, the dark spots will vanish leaving you with a more even skin tone.
Sandalwood oil is so readily available and is very popular in aromatherapy. It is an appealing natural alternative to perfumes. There were times I used to rub it on my wrists and hair and kept everyone guessing as to what my new fragrance was 🙂
If you are suffering from dry skin apply sandalwood essential oil on your face and massage gently. Leave it on overnight and wash with lukewarm water.
If you need an all over softening experience :
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 tbsp. Carrier oil of coconut or jojoba oil
- glass jar & lid
- Add essential oils to carrier oil in the jar.
- Add Epsom salts.
- Shake until mixed.
- Pour mixture directly under running bath water.
- Soak for up to 30 minutes
You will emerge glowing and rejuvenated in a relaxed state 🙂
Some more points
- Safety first my foragers so always do the patch test if you not sure how your skin will react to the sacred touch.
- Never swallow any essential oil and dilute when applying directly to your skin.
- The most popular types of sandalwood are white/Indian , Australian and red. Read more here about these here.
- Farming sandalwood is challenging as the tree needs to be more than 15 years to produce the right quality of oils and wood. Ethical harvesting is vital in protecting these trees and due to the demand illegal farming on the uprise. Always check your products are sourced from environmentally and socially responsible corporations.
- Because sandalwood is in high demand, there are synthetic products on the market.Make sure you have a pure product, some tips found here.
When it comes to treating your body as a temple, sandalwood will do just that. Whether you need it to sooth your soul or your skin you can be sure you will discover the sacred touch. Used to treat a variety of skin conditions it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties, It also helps to sooth and cool sunburned skin. You can mix up amazing recipes to try at home for all your skin care needs. Sandalwood is readily available at all health stores and on-line.
Remember to always make ethically sound purchases that are good for the environment.
Will you try sandalwood today ?