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Home Remedies with Sandal

Updated on June 3, 2011
Mysore Sandalwood Tree - image courtesy
Mysore Sandalwood Tree - image courtesy

Indian Sandalwood or the Santalum Album is a tree species whose existence is threatened. This type of wood is indigenous to south India. The wood from this tree has a sweet fresh fragrance used in perfumes, soaps, talcum powder and other cosmetic products. The reason for the threat is due to the rise of prices for Sandalwood Essential Oil in the recent times due to demand (costs close to $1500 per kilogram or 2.2 pounds). Sandal wood from the Mysore region of India is supposed to be the highest quality available. Sandal woods of the best quality are 80 or more years old.

Sandal Wood and Powder - images courtesy
Sandal Wood and Powder - images courtesy
Lord Buddha Idol made out of Sandal Wood - Images courtesy
Lord Buddha Idol made out of Sandal Wood - Images courtesy

Benefits of Sandal

Aborigines in Australia have been known to have consumed fruits and nuts of sandal tree knowing the benefits. In India sandal has been extensively used in Hindu religious rituals. Ayurveda, the Indian medical system has also used sandal paste and sandal oil for several thousands of years. They have used it to treat mental illnesses. Sandal also holds a special value in Buddhism and is believed to bring inner peace and tranquility.

Fact & Benefit: Sandal’s natural fragrance is considered to bring inner peace and relieve mental stress. It is widely used in aromatherapy.

Fact: Sandal has Alpha and Beta-Santalol.
Benefit: This is a very good anti-microbial. Essential Sandal Oil is added in soaps for this purpose.
Benefit: Alpha-Santalol is supposed have anti-cancer properties. Test on animals have proved it to be very effective against cancer.

Fact: It is also a very good anti-septic.
Benefit: Sandal paste and oil can both be applied to skin infections. Mixed with either coconut oil or sesame oil, it can also be applied to help stop itching.

Fact: Sandal is a diuretic.
Benefit: Relieves body of toxins (by elevating urine excretion).

Fact: Sandal Powder is a natural antipyretic.
Benefit: The application of sandal helps in subside body heat and also brings renewed fragrance to the body.

Fact & Benefit: Sandal is a great product for skin care. It helps soothe sun burns, dry’s pimples faster, works wonders against prickly heat.

Home Remedy with Sandal

For Skin Care


Pure Sandal Wood Powder – 1 tablespoon
Rose Water or Water - As required

Warning: If the sandal wood powder is not pure it might cause more damage than good. Test it on your arm or leg before applying on face.

Step 1: Mix Sandalwood Powder with pure water until it forms a thick paste.
Step 2: Apply a face mask and let it harden.
Step 3: Leave for few hours (1-2) and wash in cool water.

You will see pure, radiant skin after trying few times.


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      Charles Scott 7 years ago

      Thanks for the article and I really like your homemade sandalwood mask. I bet it does wonders for you!

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      celeBritys4africA 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is new to me.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Helen for the comments!

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      I love the smell of sanalwood thanks for this.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      CMHypno thanks for you comment, much appreciated. Let me know how you go with the home remedy.

      I have moved to the US and miss my Shoalhaven beaches! :)

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      CMHypno 8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Very nice Hub on Sandal, with lots of interesting information. I will definitely try your home remedy if I can find pure sandalwood powder. Hope you are still enoying your Shoalhaven beaches.

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      BundleBoy 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you Bala!

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      Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 8 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

      Great job BundleBoy! Useful information Thanks.