Getting Down to Essentials: Sandalwood Essential Oil

This is the time of year when stress levels rise as harried clients face end of year work projects, shopping, travel and everything else that goes with the holiday season.  Even a busy social calendar can cause anxiety. More than likely, clients are looking for something to help them “chill” and if Sandalwood essential oil is among your aromatherapy options; they’ve come to the right place.

Sandalwood oil with its distinctive fragrance is known to instill a sense of inner peace. It has been used since ancient times as a key ingredient in perfumes and for skin care. It’s also used in incense for religious ceremonies and spiritual traditions. Buddhists use Sandalwood essential oil to maintain alertness during meditation.

High demand

The demand for Sandalwood oil, which comes from the wood and roots of Santalum album, a tree that grows in India, is global. Today, the oil is considered one of the most expensive products in the essential oil market. The high price of the oil is a result of a decrease in production of the Santalum album tree, whose wood was once used for making furniture and for other high-end wood-working projects.  However, production of the tree has declined due to concern over its extinction. Today, Santalum album is only used for oil distillation, and oil production is controlled by Indian government.

Heals mind and body, too

Healthline points out that there is some research to suggest that Sandalwood essential oil helps fight bacteria, aid muscle and digestive problems and supports wound healing, among other ailments. But by far, the oil’s popularity lies in its use for helping to ease anxiety, lower stress, help boost self- esteem and overall instill a sense of peace.

Research conducted at the Thames Valley University in the UK to determine the effectiveness of Sandalwood essential oil in reducing anxiety concluded that “the results supported the notion that oil is effective in reducing anxiety.” However, the researchers did emphasize that the sample size was too small to draw conclusive findings.

Verywell Health reports of a pilot study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2006 in which researchers “found that receiving aromatherapy massage enhanced with Sandalwood essential oil helped reduce anxiety in patients undergoing palliative care.”

To help clients get through the holidays, you’ll want to offer them a stress-reducing treatment using Sandalwood essential oil. BIOTONE offers Stress Remedy Essential Oil, a blend of Geranium Rose, Sandalwood, Lavender, and Orange essential oils.