Sandalwood is an evergreen tree used to scent air fresheners, religious rituals, meditation, and even perfumes. You may be surprised to find out that it not only smells good, but sandalwood essential oil also has amazing health benefits and uses.
Sandalwood essential oil is known for its sharp, clean aroma and is often used as a woody base note. Sandalwood complements a wide variety of other essential oils, which makes it a perfect choice for blends. As a base note, it blends well with florals, spicy and earthy smells, and bright citrus scents.
Keep reading to find out the surprising health benefits and uses of Sandalwood essential oil. I think you’ll be adding it to your essential oil arsenal this year.
Sandalwood Health Benefits and Uses
Sandalwood essential oil has become a must-have in my natural medicine cabinet. We love using it in diffuser blends, but we also use it for medicinal purposes.
It’s surprising how versatile Sandalwood is, so check out the amazing health benefits below.
In preclinical models, Sandalwood album oil has shown broad anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, and anti-proliferative properties. When formulated for topical use, it may help decrease inflammation in skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
People have been using Sandalwood oil for medicinal and cosmetic uses for over 4,000 years—this makes it one of the oldest essential oils known.
Yogis and religious figures have used Sandalwood for its cleansing and calming scent. A recent study showed that 87 women using a lavender and sandalwood blend for aromatherapy during a breast biopsy reported less anxiety.
In another study, 32 people participants inhaled a lavender and sandalwood essential oil blend with resulting lower blood pressure and cortisol levels.
Researchers found that skin cells contain olfactory receptors for sandalwood. When the receptors were activated, they seemed to promote skin cell growth. More research needs to be done, but it is looking promising.
A study reported in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics proposes that a property found in sandalwood oil may help combat skin cancer. The compound is called α-santalol. Some studies have shown that a-santalol can help support the death of cancerous cells.
Sandalwood is great for your skin. It can nourish, improve elasticity, and help even out skin tone. These benefits may have a direct relation to improving the appearance of scars.
A 2018 study showed that using Sandalwood and honey could prevent or minimize hypertrophic or thick, raised scarring.
The anti-inflammatory qualities we talked about above are beneficial for reducing redness and puffy skin due to acne. But more amazing is Sandalwood essential oil is known for balancing excess sebum with its astringent properties. Add this to its nourishing and moisturizing qualities and it is a wonderful addition to your skincare routine.
Continuing with all of the surprising health benefits of Sandalwood essential oil, it is known for having antioxidants. These antioxidants help maintain the elasticity and composition of the skin cells by fighting free radicals. This can help prevent wrinkles before they even form.
Also, the moisturizing quality of Sandalwood reduces dryness that causes fine lines.
Even Skin Tone or Skin Lightening
Sandalwood essential oil has become known for evening skin tone and skin lightening.
This may be due in part to the a-santalol properties we mentioned above. Sandalwood can work as an inhibitor of the enzyme that synthesizes skin pigment melanin.
It is also known for its calming and cooling effect on the skin. The cooling effect may reduce the excess heat in the body that causes skin discoloration.
As an added benefit, Sandalwood is thought to be an aphrodisiac for women. Sandalwood has uplifting properties that clear negative feelings and create a calm, grounded mood.
So, if you would like to find out more about how to use Sandalwood essential oil in a romantic oil blend check out this post on aphrodisiac essential oils.
Final Thoughts on Sandalwood Essential Oil Benefits
I’m super excited for fall because we use Sandalwood essential oil a lot more often. It smells SO good!
As we get into the fall and winter season, I hope you take a moment to check out some of our favorite holiday essential oil diffuser blends. They truly fill your home with the scents of the season.