Sandalwood



  • The highly perfumed yellowish heartwood of an East
    Indian and Polynesian tree (Santalum album), and of several other trees
    of the same genus, as the Hawaiian Santalum Freycinetianum and S.
    pyrularium, the Australian S. latifolium, etc. The name is extended to
    several other kinds of fragrant wood.



  • Sandalwood is a natural ingrediant for making [incense], aromatic oils, perfumes, and bath products. Sandalwood products are often used in [Hindu] and [Buddhist] ceremonies and practices.

    The Sandal tree is grown in East Asia, most commonly found in the forests of Karnataka, [India]. The tree matures at around 60-80 years but cultivation is often started when the tree is between 30-40 years old. The first known uses of Sandalwood has been traced to 4,000 years ago.

    Sandalwood is prized for a striking base note in aromatherapy and perfume making. Sandalwood essential oils main component: beta-santalol (90% of oil) has antimicrobial properties. Sandalwood is also known to be a mild aphrodesiac and is one of the closest natural smells to human pharamones.


 

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