April 9, 2014

Sandalwood Splendors



Sandalwood | Medicinal Herbs | Natural Remedies
Sandalwood has got to be one of my most favorite can’t do without substances.  Sandalwood is a fragrant tree native to India, and other parts of Asia.  Asian sandalwood has been harvested to near extinction and other sources such as Australian sandalwood have been used as replacements.  The hard wood is the part of plant most often used as beads, wood chips, ground powder, and essential oils are also extracted. 

Sandalwood has many benefits and medicinal properties.  It has so many uses which makes it one of my favorites.  Some of the properties of sandalwood are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative, anti-spasmodic, emollient, and expectorant.  It has been used for treating bronchitis, sore throats, coughs, and fevers.  It is very good used externally to treat wounds, insect bites, or sores to prevent infection.

Sandalwood is wonderful when used as a beauty treatment.  It can easily be made into a paste when combined with milk and rubbed on the skin to clear acne, tighten the skin, and give a fresh, youthful glow to your appearance. It is an excellent moisturizer and it can also be used on scars and spots to help them heal and disappear faster.  Sandalwood can be used to relieve puffiness and inflammation and it is very soothing and cooling to the skin.  It is traditionally used by Indian women before their wedding.  And if looking and feeling beautiful is not enough, sandalwood is also an aphrodisiac.

While that’s all wonderful, in my opinion the most beneficial and powerful aspect of sandalwood is its ability to dissolve fear!  While the volume of our language to describe emotions is extensive, at the very core there is only love and fear.  When we vibrate at the frequency of love we are happy and joyous, our bodies are healthy and healing and good thinks are attracted our way.  On the other hand, when we slip into a vibration of fear we feel anxious, sad, angry or nervous.  These emotions can make us physically ill and attract more painful experiences into our lives.  Ideally we would all like to stay in a constant state of love but unless you are a monk living in a constant meditative state high up in a mountain cave it is pretty unrealistic in the modern world we live in.  We all fluctuate between these two in normal life.  The key is to recognize these shifts and use the tools available to us to immediately bring us back into the state where we want to be.  Sandalwood is my go to tool for this.  It eases anxiety and stress and cools the brain.  The aroma can instantly induce calmness, peace, clarity and positive thinking.