Sandalwood oil is one of the oldest oils used in India for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Ayurveda considers sandalwood oil beneficial for a variety of health concerns, including sleep and mental wellness. Not only does it aid in deep relaxation, but it also boosts memory. Sandalwood oil is extracted from the heartwood of the sandalwood or Santalum album tree, through steam distillation. The scent also has a therapeutic effect on your limbic system, the part of your brain that controls emotions and regulates hunger. For this reason, sandalwood oil benefits emotional eaters and those suffering from negativity or stress.
Other sandalwood oil benefits include its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which can soothe itchy skin and heal minor wounds, cuts and prevent infections. Sandalwood oil can also help to heal blemishes and scars. Its astringent properties make it useful as a toner and an aftershave, cleansing and hydrating skin. Using sandalwood oil for hair can prevent dandruff, as well as making hair shiny and tangle-free. See the infographic below for more benefits of sandalwood oil.
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