Ancient people used sandalwood to treat bladder and kidney infections, problems of the respiratory tract and many other illnesses, including use as compresses for inflammations and skin problems. The fragrance of sandalwood is used as a remedy for headaches and as a highly effective antibacterial substance when disseminated in living spaces.
The sandalwood tree (Santalum album L.) is native to eastern India, primarily in the regions around Mysore and Karnatake. It is a semi-parasite that receives part of its nutrients by withdrawing them from other trees. Because it has green leaves, the tree is capable of photosynthesis but it needs additional nutritional substances like nitrogen and phosphorus which it sucks out of the roots of other trees. Host trees include all types of bamboo, palm, teak, guava and clove trees. Sandalwood trees have elongated evergreen leaves opposite each other on soft branches. Its small flowers have no fragrance.
In Japan, people use a particularly delicate quality that is sold in small square slabs, packed beautifully. They cut small splinters from these slabs and place them on a mica plate for burning. For Ko-doh ceremonies, people in Japan usually use agarwood and sandalwood.
The fragrance of sandalwood creates an atmosphere of calm and supports the search for inner peace, reflection and balance. It is very compatible and works together harmoniously with almost any other fragrance. Warm, soft, gentle and balsamic, sandalwood caresses the senses. It is a fragrance for lovers, dissolving tensions and stress without making one sleepy.