Oil Summary: The Australian variety of sandalwood is generally the most popular and widely available, though it has a much lower santalol concentration than its Indian counterpart. Its scent is cedary and more woody than Indian or Pacific varieties, but you may prefer it because it is more sustainably produced and easier on the wallet. Overall, the quality of Australian sandalwood is mid-range, and depending on your specific purposes, it may suit you just as well. It presents as a clear, mid-weight oil with yellow tinges. Australian Sandalwood Oil is instantly recognizable for its earthy, woodsy aroma. A popular scent in incense, cosmetics and perfumery, it blends well with other essential oils and provides a warm base note that invokes instant calm and mental clarity. It is likely for this reason that it is used so extensively in meditative practice, prayer and ritual for many religious groups.
Botanical Name: Santalum Spicatum
Plant Origin: Australia
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Trees-Roots
Odor and Color: Clear, pale yellow to colourless slightly viscous liquid.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Bergamot, Ginger, Nutmeg and Clove.
Contraindication: Sandalwood itself does not come with any severe contraindications. It is one of only a handful of essential oils that is considered to be completely safe for topical use. Until you know your tolerance, it is tremendously important never to apply the undiluted oil directly to your skin or take internally unless you are under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner who is certified in aromatherapy. Essential oils are highly concentrated, and when applied directly to the skin they have the potential to cause severe irritation. Always abide by recommended dilution guidelines, and if using topically for the first time, do a patch test on a small area of skin before applying liberally. If you are pregnant or suspect that you might be, you should consult a physician before starting aromatherapy treatment. Similarly, if you suffer from allergies you should exercise great caution, as many carrier oils are nut-based and can cause severe anaphylaxis.