Oil Summary: The African sandalwood has an intensely sweet, woody scent up front, which immediately gives way to a softer, cedary note. Its color is a clear, pale to greenish yellow, and it has a much thinner consistency than its Indian counterpart. Used almost exclusively for perfumery, it is not considered a true sandalwood, although it does possess the same alluring, woody-warm scent. The standard grade refers to its low-level of santalol, the beneficial component that provides the basis for sandalwood’s medicinal benefits. African sandalwood has been proven to prevent the spread of some viruses, and can reduce the symptoms of minor burns or other non-serious skin irritations such as rash, boils or cold sores. African sandalwood is known to provide relief from insect bites, sunburn or other mild inflammatory skin irritations. It eases the symptoms cold and flu, helps to loosen phlegm in the chest and calm a cough.
Botanical Name: Osyris Lanceolata
Plant Origin: Tanzania
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Trees-Roots
Odor and Color: Clear, pale yellow to greenish yellow viscous liquid.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Bergamot, Ginger, Nutmeg and Clove.
Contraindication: African sandalwood 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.