Beautiful Hair and Skin with Sandalwood Oil

Submitted by Bonnie Sedan on May 23, 2013

Sandalwood or Santalum Album is a slow-growing tree found in India and other parts of Asia. After the tree is cut, the fragrant yellowish sandalwood oil is distilled from the wood and sold in the market. The numerous medical and cosmetic benefits of sandalwood oil and the dwindling numbers of the trees have caused prices to skyrocket and pure sandalwood to be treated like gold.


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Though there are a number of blended or diluted versions of this essential oil available in the market today, these do not have the same therapeutic properties as the original version and should be avoided.

Sandalwood oil is a non-toxic oil that can be used safely by adults and children alike. It has several therapeutic properties such as astringent, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, and sedative that lends it to being used to treat a number of health problems and illnesses.

Apart from this, using sandalwood oil can also help with hair and skin problems in different ways.

How to use sandalwood oil for hair

Ancient Indian medicine has long since used sandalwood oil for hair as a natural hair straightener, as a hair rinse to increase shine, to prevent dry hair, and as a relaxing massage oil for the hair and scalp. Due to its moisturizing properties, it is often used as a valuable ingredient in shampoos and conditioners for dry and damaged hair. For a simple way to use sandalwood oil for your hair, add a few drops of pure sandalwood oil to a quarter cup of water. Mix in the juice of one orange and a tablespoon of honey and apply this rinse to freshly shampooed hair. Wash out after a few minutes. This will make the hair soft and manageable and give it a natural sheen.

How to use sandalwood oil for skin

There are also many ways to reap the benefits of sandalwood oil for the skin. You could add a few drops of sandalwood oil in a bowl of steaming hot water and perform inhalations to help reduce skin problems such as acne or eczema. Alternatively, blend a few drops of pure sandalwood oil along with a carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil. Massage the skin using this blend to soothe sun burnt skin or skin rashes. The astringent properties of sandalwood oil help it prevent oily skin and problems such as acne and scarring. As sandalwood oil is very moisturizing, it is especially useful in the treatment of dry and inflamed skin. Face creams and body lotions containing sandalwood oil prevent skin dehydration and help revitalize your complexion.

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