Thinking about adding some essential oils to your bath water? Essential oils can add a lot to your bathing experience and even provide physical and mental benefits. However, with so many different kinds of essential oils, it's hard to know where to begin or what to try first. One of the most commonly found and useful essential oils is sandalwood. In fact, you probably recognize its nice woodsy smell from other products.
What Is Sandalwood Oil?
Sandalwood essential oil comes from the heartwood of the sandalwood, which is a type of heiparasitic evergreen that grows by joining the roots of other trees. Sandalwood oil has been used for over thousands of years and is one of the oldest known materials that continues to be used for its unique smell. Even now, sandalwood is used in a variety of products including perfumes, aftershave, cosmetics, and incense. It also can be easily blended with other oils without being overwhelming.
Traditionally, sandalwood oil is used in religious and spiritual traditions in India and various other Eastern countries including weddings, the birth of a baby, and meditation. As you can imagine, the highest quality of sandalwood is produced in India, but other kinds have been known to come from Australia as well.
What Are The Benefits Of Sandalwood?
1) Mental clarity - One of the primary benefits of using sandalwood is that it promotes mental clarity. This is why sandalwood is so commonly used in prayer, meditation, and other spiritual and religious practices. When tested, sandalwood oil was proven to give test subjects increased attention span and improved cognitive clarity.
2) Improved memory - Not only does sandalwood improve mental clarity, but it also boosts memory. Tired or overwhelmed? You might want to have some sandalwood nearby to clear your mind and ensure you haven't forgotten anything.
3) Relaxing - In another study, those who smelled or rubbed sandalwood on their skin allowed them to feel calmer and more relaxed. However, unlike some other calming essential oils, sandalwood doesn't make you feel drowsy. Instead sandalwood gave test subjects a calm awareness that made them feel more present and awake.
4) Anti-viral and anti-inflammatory - Sandalwood oil is an excellent anti-viral agent. It has even been found to prevent replications of common viruses like herpes simplex. It may also be applied to the skin to reduce inflammation from mild skin irritations like pimples, warts, or boils. However, you should test the oil on a small area of skin to ensure your not allergic before using it for large areas or on skin irritations. It rarely happens, but its good to be sure.
5) Expectorant - Sandalwood is great for treating coughs due to its relaxing properties. It is also good at fighting viruses and bacteria that are usually the underlying cause of coughs and other respiratory illness. By just inhaling the smell of sandalwood, you can reduce the severity and duration of a cough.
6) Anti-aging - Sandalwood is high in antioxidants that help to reduce damage caused by free radicals, which increase aging. Simply mix about 4 or 5 drops of sandalwood oil with an unscented lotion and apply directly to your face.