How to Use Sandalwood Essential Oil

Physical benefits of sandalwood essential oil

For thousands of years, sandalwood resin was only available to the wealthy, the priests, and the aristocrats, and they treasured it in perfumes and spiritual practices. Since the modern-day essential oil movement, sandalwood essential oil is now available for you to enjoy its beautifying, anti-aging, and healing properties. Researchers today have identified some of the mechanisms that make this oil so sacred. According to the latest research, one or two drops of sandalwood essential oil applied to the skin a few times a week will promote regeneration by activating olfactory receptor sites located in the epithelial skin cells.*

A few drops of sandalwood essential oil added to an organic moisturizer or lotion will promote regeneration of the skin, support healthy collagen production, and slow down the signs of aging and excessive sun exposure. Adding a few drops of sandalwood oil to a salt or sugar body scrub will leave your skin feeling silky and nourished. Using a shower gel or bar of soap with sandalwood oil is the perfect way to start your day.*

The high percentage of sesquiterpenes in this oil make it a top choice for issues affecting the head, the endocrine and nervous systems, and the brain. Sandalwood’s ability to adapt to your body’s immediate needs allows it supports the proper cortisol levels during the day for energy and melatonin levels during the night for rest.  Sandalwood oil also aids the deepest layer of the immune system to protect the body from pathogens and viruses that have replicated inside the cells. Sandalwood is perfect for addressing immune challenges affecting both the top skin layer of the immune system and deep inside the nucleus of the cell.*


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Emotional benefits of sandalwood essential oil

Sandalwood oil has an affinity for the endocrine glands and the calming the nervous system. Sandalwood strengthens the hypothalamus and pituitary connection, which directs all of your hormone and neurotransmitter production. Applying a drop of this oil on your forehead will oil encourages a healthy outlook on life, an upbeat disposition, and deep connection with family and community.*

Sandalwood essential oil calms a busy mind to encourage focus and intuition. This oil has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and applying a drop or two to the base of the neck is useful for meditation, creative projects, and lucid dreaming. Add a drop or two of this sandalwood to a cup of Epson salts then add into a warm bath and let your imagination take you someplace special.*


*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Sandalwood essential oil research articles:

A study suggests that sandalwood essential oil treatment significantly decreased papilloma and could be an effective chemopreventive agent against skin cancer

Dwivedi C, Abu-Ghazaleh A. Chemopreventive effects of sandalwood oil on skin papillomas in mice. Eur J Cancer Prev. 1997 Aug;6(4):399-401. PubMed PMID: 9370104


A study shows that sandalwood essential oil exhibited high levels of virucidal activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 and reduced plaque formation significantly

Schnitzler P, Koch C, Reichling J. Susceptibility of drug-resistant clinical herpes simplex virus type 1 strains to essential oils of ginger, thyme, hyssop, and sandalwood. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2007 May;51(5):1859-62. Epub 2007 Mar 12. PubMed PMID: 17353250; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1855548


A study shows the ability of sandalwood essential oil to mimic ibuprofen and its anti-inflammatory properties

Sharma M, Levenson C, Bell RH, Anderson SA, Hudson JB, Collins CC, Cox ME. Suppression of lipopolysaccharide-stimulated cytokine/chemokine production in skin cells by sandalwood oils and purified α-santalol and β-santalol. Phytother Res. 2014 Jun;28(6):925-32. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5080. Epub 2013 Dec 6. PubMed PMID: 24318647


A study suggests that sandalwood oil triggers skin cell receptor sites to initiate cell division and migration for repairing damaged skin

Busse, Daniela et al. A Synthetic Sandalwood Odorant Induces Wound-Healing Processes in Human Keratinocytes via the Olfactory Receptor OR2AT4 Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 134, Issue 11, 2823 – 2832