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History of Sandalwood Fragrance Oil

Centuries old
Sandalwood Fragrance Oil and its use for both medicinal and cosmetic benefits have been recorded for over 4,000 years, making it among the oldest-known materials.

A godly ritual
Sandalwood Fragrance Oil was believed to have been used in the bathing rituals of Hindu Gods. It is even written that the most powerful Goddess, Lakshmi, resided in a Sandalwood Tree.

Egyptian uses
In ancient Egypt, Sandalwood Fragrance Oil was used in the embalming process thanks to its preservative properties.



In both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, sandalwood oil is believed to be beneficial in treating both physical and mental disorders, including anxiety, bronchitis, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, gallbladder problems, high blood pressure, indigestion, insomnia, liver problems, low libido, sore throat, and urinary tract infections.

Few of these health claims are strongly supported by research.

In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of sandalwood oil or absorbing it through the skin is thought to transmit messages to parts of the brain involved in controlling emotions, known as the limbic system. These messages are believed to affect both an emotional and physiological response. (By way of example, the reduction of stress typically translates to a reduction in blood pressure.)


Several preliminary studies have suggested that sandalwood oil may help alleviate anxiety.

In a pilot study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, researchers found that receiving an aromatherapy massage with sandalwood oil subjectively reduced anxiety in people undergoing palliative care.


Similarly, a four-week study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that the same type of aromatherapy massage (provided twice weekly in half-hour sessions) helped relieve anxiety in women with breast cancer.1

Despite the promising results, the conclusions of both studies were limited by the subjective measures used to evaluate anxiety. Moreover, it is not known whether the essential oil or massage provided greater relief since there were no study controls.


Sandalwood oil shows promise as a means of promoting healthier sleep, according to an animal study published in the Japanese Journal of Psychopharmacology.2

According to that 2007 research, beta-sotalol (a compound that comprises 20 percent of sandalwood oil) had a mild sedative effect in lab rats when inhaled, decreasing waking time and increasing rapid eye movement (REM) consistent with deep sleep.

Interestingly, the effect was achieved even when the rats’ olfactory senses (the ability to smell) were impaired.


Mental Alertness

Despite its calming effects, sandalwood oil appears to enhance mental alertness. As contradictory as this may seem, sandalwood oil is believed to deactivate behavioral responses (delivering a calming effect) while activating a physiological response (as measured by blood pressure, heart rate, and other factors).

According to a study published in Planta Medica, sandalwood oil, when inhaled or applied to the skin, triggers a mild increase in blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, breathing rate, eye-blink rate, pulse rate, and skin temperature.

These stimulatory effects are believed to enhance mental functioning. The compound associated with these physiological effects is known as alpha-santalol.



For dry skin, Sandalwood Fragrance Oil can provide your epidermis with the ultimate replenishment. As an emollient, it has powerful hydrating effects on the skin, penetrating deeply to deliver an intense dose of moisture.

Sandalwood Fragrance Oil gently tones and tightens the appearance of wrinkles.

For other anti-ageing Fragrance Oils, look to Frankincense Oil and Lavender Oil.

With its calming compounds, Sandalwood Fragrance Oil has an unparalleled ability to renew the complexion. Whether it is psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or even pigmentation, Sandalwood works to soothe the epidermis and even out skin tone.




IMPORTANT: All Brilliant Scents products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner.