Sandalwood Essential Oil is derived from various species of the Sandalwood tree (Santalum spp) that are native to tropical regions. Most Sandalwood Essential Oil is prepared from the Indian Sandalwood Tree (Santalum album).
Sandalwood Essential Oil is primarily composed of terpene molecule called Santalol. Santalol has two forms, alpha-Santalol and beta-Santalol, both of which are volatile compounds with a pleasant and unique aroma.
Sandalwood Essential Oil is occassionally used as a Naturopathic treatment for acne, where it is generally added to topical preparations, such as face masks. Sandalwood Aromatherapy may also be used in the treatment of acne itself and the psychological symptoms of acne.
Skin washes and masks that contain Sandalwood Essential Oil have been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Sandalwood Essential Oil does not appear to have substantial antibacterial activity in many laboratory tests. There is minimal clinical research into the efficacy of Sandalwood Essential Oil for the treatment for acne.
Sandalwood is held in high regard by many cultures. High demand for Sandalwood and it’s relative rarity combine to make true Sandalwood Extracts quite expensive. With a distinctive and pleasant aroma, sandalwood oil has long been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine, with applications both for physical and mental disorders.