You can use the fragrance of Sandalwood incense to produce an amazingly deep, soft woody and sweetly aromatic scent. Sandalwood is one of the most widely used perfume materials and has a history dating back over 4000 years.
Sandalwood – Herbal/Folk Tradition
Many Chinese medicines rely on sandalwood to treat many ailments including vomiting, intestinal infections and skin complaints. The Ayurvedic tradition, Ayurveda meaning “the complete knowledge for long life”, is used mainly for respiratory complaints, urinary infections and acute diarrhea.
In India, sandalwood was combined with rose to produce the famous ancient perfume called Aytar. It is also used throughout as a building material especially for temples.
Sandalwood – Home Aromatherapy
The sandalwood essence has many uses in perfumery and home fragrances. Burning incense is increasingly popular and sandalwood is used in many different types of incense sticks and, depending on the quality, should contain the essential oils extracted from the sandalwood plant.
It is important to gauge the quality of the incense you’re using because only the better quality incense sticks, such as nag champa incense, will contain the important natural plant extracts to faithfully reproduce the scent accurately. It is well known that poorer quality sandalwood incense bares little resemblance to the pure sandalwood oil aroma.
The therapeutic qualities of sandalwood mean that it’s incredibly popular and is one of the most sought after essences. It is frequently bought in many forms and prominent in pure essential oils, quality incense products, soaps and many beauty products.
It is used in aromatherapy to improve well-being for the following:
Skin care, respiratory system, digestive system, genito-urinary system, nervous system.
The sandalwood oil that’s extracted from the plant is generally pale in colour. When it has been steam distilled, to release the essential oils, the highly aromatic oil produces a sweet balsamic scent and mixes well with many other fragrances and oils.
To ensure you reap the complex aromatic scent from the sandalwood, only purchase quality incense sticks. Only the best incense will capture that unmistakable aroma.