The sandalwood trees are fragrant giant trees that are found across Southeast Asia. They have an earthy aroma with a tinge of sweetness and a hint of fruit. One of the local experts in Ayurvedic medicine says that deep within the heartwood of these trees is a precious substance that has been used by traditional healers for centuries, to fend off debilitating disease. The essential oil of sandalwood comes from the center most part of the tree trunks and roots, and is known as a remedy for preventing tumors and associated cancers. These trees are technically endangered and being grown in various parts of the world that includes Australia and Indonesia. The sandalwood essential oil is more expensive than other oils but provides some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and chemoprotective serums available. Plus, it smells incredible.
Other benefits of the sandalwood oil are:
- Mental clarity
- Relaxing and calming
- Memory booster
- Natural aphrodisiac
- Anti-viral and antiseptic
- Helps with endometriosis
Here are a few ways in which the oil is used in the Chinese and Ayurveda medicine
- For the Body
- Cleansing & Home Use
There are no major reported side effects to the use of sandalwood. Some people might experience minor skin irritation from its use.
The University of Texas Researchers published findings in the 2016 edition of the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Laboratory trials at UT-San Antonio, MCF-7 breast cancer cells and non-tumor producing breast epithelial (MCF-10A) cells were exposed to commercial-obtained, high-purity sandalwood for 24 hours and found remarkable results. Some specific proteins have a positive effect on cancer cells.
The effect that sandalwood has on hormones is important for breast cancer healing and prevention, since breast cancer risk is associated most with hormonal imbalance, especially too much estrogen and/or progesterone. It has the ability to create apoptosis in breast cancer cells, is a powerful antioxidant and is a proven anti-inflammatory to effect breast cancer.
Beware of counterfeit and diluted sandalwood oil. Make sure that you buy from a quality source you can trust as some of the oils gathered are not as potent as those gathered from the Indian sandalwood trees.