Sandalwood is one of the most valuable woods in the world. All parts of the sandalwood tree, particularly the heartwood and the roots, yield sandalwood oil. Sandalwood is a highly sacred tree that grows in India and is used in rituals throughout the country.
With its sweet woody scent, sandalwood and its oils are in huge demand, for its uses are vast included in the making of perfumes, soaps, candles, beauty creams and furniture. However, growing demand is pushing the tree towards extinction in its native India. Around 70% of India’s sandalwood comes from the state of Karnataka, where sandalwood plants take around 35 years to develop into fully-grown trees.
Sandalwood oil is widely known for being a spiritual, sacred oil, used around the world during meditation and prayer. Sandalwood’s primary benefits for spiritual practice such as meditation is that it promotes clarity and focus, and aids in creating a sense of relaxation and peace – all conducive to meditation.
Sandalwood is thought to have the ability to release negative programming from the cells of the body as well as balance the hormonal system – lifting us into a higher expression of reality. It can stimulate the activation of the pineal gland, bestow clarity of mind and induce restful sleep.
By activating the pineal gland and stimulating mental clarity, sandalwood assists the user in becoming aware of their true self and awakening to their potential. This sacred oil, with its delicate yet captivating woody scent, lifts awareness beyond limitations such as beliefs and belief systems propagated by societal norms, conventions and pressures. This enables those who work with sandalwood to reach the truth, their inner truth and to see the truth with “open eyes” quite literally.
Sandalwood is a mighty gift from mother nature that raises the vibrations of those that use it in this manner. As a high vibrational piece of nature, sandalwood works on so many levels for the mind, body and spirit, assisting in raising awareness, seeing the truth of one’s own existence, aids in conscious awareness and living in the moment.
There are numerous ways you can use sandalwood in your spiritual practices – as an incense, by placing drops of the oil in an oil burner, by combining drops of sandalwood oil with a water and alcohol-based solution to make a room spray that can be sprayed in the air for use as a sacred spray, or by massaging it into skin.
To assist with your meditative practice, blend a few drops of sandalwood essential oil with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and rub into your pressure points, such as your temples, behind your ears, your wrists and the centre of your forehead around the third eye area. Wear it as a perfume to carry this sacred scent and its properties with you all day long, assisting you to be present with your true self, to be consciously aware, and to see the truth of every situation you deal with through the “eyes” of your true self.
Indian Sandalwood has become expensive over the years, due to the issues facing sustainability of this precious tree. There are alternatives to Indian Sandalwood, as Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands have now started to produce their own variety of the wood. Australia is now the largest producer of sandalwood outside of India. Many practitioners have switched to using Australian-produced sandalwood as it is known to be more sustainably produced. These alternatives are cheaper, often at half the price you would pay for Indian Sandalwood.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com