Mysore aka East Indian Sandalwood is obtained from the wood of mature (30-80 years old) Santalum album a tree native to the Mysore (Mysuru) district of Karnakata in India and the quality of essential oil produced is directly influenced by the tree’s age i.e. older tree, better oil.
The main and most important constituent that gives a lot of its amazing benefits and its primary active components are the Sesquiterpenes: α-Santano and β-Santanoll, Santyl acetate and Santalene, which occur in the highest quantity in Santalum album but are also available in lower quantities in other lesser Santalum spp.
Unfortunately, the ever-increasing demand for this gorgeous essential oil has led to over-harvesting and as a result, Santalum album is rapidly in danger of extinction in and has been placed on the Conservation Red list of Critically Endangered species.
This has prompted the Indian Government to place very strict restrictions on felling these trees and or exporting its derivatives as well as initiating an ongoing effort to create sustainability by planting more trees. Sadly, this is not an easy tree to propagate as it needs to host off other plants with strict not totally understood environmental requirements plus the time it needs to mature, if one can lay one’s hands on a bottle of this amazing ancient oil, it is advisable that they use it sparingly, not just because of its ever skyrocketing price (half a liter of pure Santalum album essential oil can cost over $3,000), but replacing it is becoming increasingly difficult year in year out. On the bright side this oil, unlike many others, only improves with age.
All these factors have made Mysore Sandalwood one of the most scarce, rare and expensive essential oils on the market and not surprisingly, one of the most adulterated.
Directions for use
Dilute 5 drops of sandalwood oil with 10ml of Miaroma base oil, such as sweet almond, jojoba, argan, olive or coconut oil, and gently massage the oil mixture into the skin. (Tip – always use fewer drops of sandalwood oil if you’ve never used it before and gradually work up to using a higher concentration).
Bathe in it
Run a warm bath and add 4 to 6 drops of sandalwood oil. Then relax in the bath for at least 10 minutes to allow the aroma to work.
Put 8 to 10 drops into a diffuser and breathe in the rich, musky scent. If you don’t have a diffuser, put some drops of it in a pot of simmering water and wait for the aroma to infuse the air.
Breathe it in directly from the bottle or sprinkle a couple of drops of it on to a cloth or tissue and gently sniff it.
Dilute it with a carrier oil and then apply it to the soles of your feet or other parts of your body.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Protects against free radicals and skin ageing
- Helps promote sleep
- Soothes skin
- Boosts mental alertness