This is the time of year when stress levels rise as harried clients face the 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 skincare. It’s also used in incense for religious ceremonies and spiritual traditions. Buddhists use Sandalwood essential oil to maintain alertness during meditation.
The demand for Sandalwood oil, which comes from the wood and roots of Santalum album, a tree that grows in India, is global. Today, oil is considered one of the most expensive products in the essential oil market. The high price of the oil results from a decrease in the production of the Santalum album tree, whose wood was once used for making furniture and other high-end wood-working projects. However, production of the tree has declined due to concern over its extinction. Today, the Santalum album is only used for oil distillation, and the Indian government controls oil production.
Heals the mind and body
Healthline points out that some research suggests that Sandalwood essential oil helps fight bacteria, aid muscle, digestive problems, and support wound healing, among other ailments. But by far, the oil’s popularity lies in its use 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 Sandalwood essential oil's effectiveness 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.