Sandalwood Scientific Name
Sandalwood Other Names
Hindi: Chandan, Srigandha
French: Bois de santal
What is Sandalwood?
Besides fragrance, Sandalwood has hepatoprotective property which helps in managing liver and gallbladder problems.
Some studies suggest that sandalwood tea is of great help in healing mental problems. Smell of Sandalwood is considered to be mood-uplifting and widely used in aroma therapy. Also, sandalwood oil can be used to improve skin quality as it promotes skin cell growth. It also helps to deal with numerous other health issues such as headaches, respiratory infections, reducing inflammation, etc.
Almost all studies show external application of Sandalwood and concentrated ingestion is strongly discouraged.
Common forms of Sandalwood
Sandalwood is commonly used for:
- Anger and Hostility
- Reducing inflammation of the airways
- Treating cough
- Treating skin burns
- Treating headache
- Preventing stroke
- Fainting and dizziness
- Treating and managing anxiety
- Preventing liver disease
- Treating sore throat
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Treating Bites and Stings
- Treating urinary tract infections
- Reducing swelling in acute sprains, goose egg (short-term bump on head) etc.
Oil: Take a few drops of Sandalwood oil in combination with sugar or as directed by the ayurvedic doctor
External application of Sandalwood oil/powder is found to be safe in non-allergic individuals
Sandalwood Side-effects and Warnings
Not so common side-effects: Gastrointestinal disturbances.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Avoid or consult a physician before using Sandalwood.
Children: Not known.
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