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Sandalwood is a warm and spicy fragrance, reminiscent of ancient India. It is calming and clarifying, working to restore harmony and balance in our modern, frazzled world. Warm and woody, sandalwood is particularly useful for excess yang: aggression, irritation, stress and fear. It is therefore particularly useful for men, but many women suffer from the same imbalances.
Unlike essential oils such as lavendar, sandalwood works on a slow, deep level. It helps balance out those who are going too fast, using the law of opposites.
Some have referred to sandalwood as an aphrodisiac. Science tells us that men’s underarm sweat contains the chemical androsterone, which is similar to testosterone and–in light concentration–smells mildly like sandalwood. Perhaps it is the similarity that is attractive to women. If so, this may be the underlying reason why sandalwood is so common in men’s deodorants.
In Ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood is said to be both grounding and etheric, working on the root chakra–an area focused on base survival–as well as the crown chakra, relegated to wisdom and enlightenment. Sandalwood is considered a pure scent, helping reconcile both wisdom from on high and the groundedness we seek in this lifetime.
Sandalwood combines well with more feminine scents such as jasmine and verbena, other aphrodisiacs such as rose and ylang ylang, and similar scents like benzoin and frankincense. In addition to helping with emotional volatility, sandalwood has many other effects. On the physical plane, it works as an antiseptic and helps with tissue regeneration. It has been said to relieve cramps. Warming and expectorant, sandalwood can be used when suffering from throat infections, sinusitis, laryngitis, bronchitis and other similar conditions. Antiseptic and tonifying, sandalwood is great for healing infections. It is, however, contraindicated for those with kidney infections.