Health Benefits of Sandalwood oil
The health benefits of Sandalwood oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative and tonic substance.
The essential oil of sandalwood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandalwood trees which are 40-80 years old, although 80 years is preferred. The older the tree, the more oil is available, and the aroma is stronger.
As far as quality is concerned, Indian Sandalwood is considered best. There are two more varieties, namely the Hawaiian Sandalwood, which is quite expensive, and the Australian Sandalwood which is not overly beneficial, but is commercially more in use, since the first two varieties are rare and subsequently expensive; the Indian variety is on the verge of extinction and is exorbitantly expensive. The main constituents of Sandalwood oil are Beta Santalol, Santyl Acetate and Santalenes.