Sandalwood Oil, Sandalwood, Santal oil, White or yellow sandalwood oil, White Saunders oil
Santalum album L.
Cantaṉa eṇṇey, சந்தன எண்ணெய்
Sandalwood oil is distilled from the heart wood and roots of Santalum album, or the East Indian sandalwood tree. This is one of the most valuable trees in the world and greatly esteemed in the Vedic books for its sacredness. Chandana or Indra’s Sandalwood tree is named after Lord Indra as it spreads the fragrance to the whole of paradise. Sandalwood heals the three doshas of the body - treats Vata, pacifies and balances Pitta and Kapha. Sandalwood oil has been beneficial in promoting the reproductive system, nervous system, muscular system and circulatory system health.
Sandalwood oil helps nourish the skin, improve the elasticity of skin cells, even out skin tone and can be beneficial in reducing the appearance of scars. From an Ayurvedic perspective, Sandalwood has a calming and cooling effect on the skin and has been highly valued for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral and antiseptic properties.