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Botanical Names Santalum album L. (Syn.Sirium myrtifolium L.)
English Name White sandalwood, white Saunders, Yellow Sandlwood.
Telugu Name Gandhamu, Srigandapumu
Family Santalaceae

Sandalwood, Santalum album
The endeavours of a man who has studied the entire scince but fails to make a clear exposition of the same, are vain like the efforts of an ass that carries a load of sandalwood without ever being able to enjoy it pleasant scent.
The Sadhakas Aid
Sandalwood has been in use in india right from vedic times. it was used in a cosmetic ointment called urguja along with oil of aloe, rose and jasmine.

Megasthenes, the Greek envoy who came to india in 300 BC, has recorded that the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya used to have an oil massage comprising a mixture of myrrh, aloe and sandalwood.

Like tulsi, sandalwood is considered sacred by the Hindus. It is traditionally believed that sandalwood helps in opening the third eye. Hence it is often applied on the forehead. It is also believed to aid the transmutation of sexual energy into spiritual energy. Meditators or sadhakas use it in the form of agarbathi or as oil or paste or infusion; it is belived that its aroma aids in meditation.

Buddhists and Jains too use sandalwood in their ritual worship. Parsis use its wood for the fire in their temples.

The heartwood of the sandalwood tree is medicinal. It is used externally as a paste or powder to calm skin eruptions. When applied on the skin in the form of paste, it protects against the sun's radiation. It counteracts wrinkles. It cures inflamed swellings, headache, fevers, hemicrania and other skin eruptions. It helps in allaying inflammation and pruritis.

Internally, sandalwood purifies the blood, cools burning sensations and fevers, and quenches thirst as a weak tea. It however, promotes the production of urine. The alcoholic extract of the stem has experimentally proved its effect on blood pressure.

Sandalwood oil, along with rose oil, is widely used in aroma therapy. It has been experimentally confirmed that the oil possesses anti-microbial activity against fungi. The most important component of sandalwood oil is santalol. Due to its presence, the wood is never attacked by termites and vermin and can last almost indefinitely.

Red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) or Rakta-Chandana belongs to a totally different botanical family, but it resembles sandalwood in its properties and action.

Home Remedies

Giddiness due to blood pressure Soak 1 tsp each powdered amla, coriander seeds and sandalwood in a cup of water overnight. Strain and drink the next day. Continue for a few days.

Mix 1 tsp each sandal paste and amla powder. Boil in a glass of water. Filter and drink.

Pain in heart Boil 1/2 tsp sandalwood powder in 1 cup water. Drink thrice daily.
Dysentery Boil 5 pinches of sandalwood powder in 1 cup water, add a little honey and drink.
Stomach upset Add 1 tsp sandalwood powder to a cup of water. Add to the resultant emulsion the following. 1 tsp each sugar, honey and the left-over water used to boil rice.
Abdominal pain due to retention of urine Add 1/2 tsp camphor and 1 tbsp sandalwood paste to 1 tbsp warm mustard oil. Massage gently over the lower abdomen. (Note : this causes the bladder to contract and the urine to flow out).
Blood in urine (Haematuria) Soak 1 tsp sandalwood powder in a glass of water overnight. Drink the water next morning. (Note: Intake of vegetables like green bananas, bitter gourd and drumstick is recommended.)
Burning sensation during urination Add 1 to 2 drops of sandalwood oil to milk and take as a night-cap at bedtime.
Fever Apply sandalwood paste on the forehead to bring the temperature down.
Gonorrhoea, inflammation of urinary bladder (cystitis), painful urination Take 5 drops of sandalwood oil along with 1 teacup milk. Add a pinch of powdered ajwain. Drink.
Sexual debility

Panchakalpam is a siddha medicine which is prepared by mixing equal quantities of the following five herbal powders : Sandalwood, turmeric, chebulic myrobalan, amla and belleric myrobalan. Add a little Malabar Nut leaf Juice to bind the powder. Roll it into small tablets. Take 1 tablet every day along with milk for a month.

Acne Make a paste of 1/2 tsp each sandalwood and turmeric powder in a little water and apply.
Pimples Mix sandalwood oil and mustard oil (1:2). Apply on the affected areas.
Grind equal quantities of nutmeg, sandalwood and black pepper and apply frequently.
Scars on the face, particularly due to pimples Mix equal amounts of sandalwood powder, lime juice and coconut oil and apply on the face before retiring to bed everyday.
Pimples, psoriasis, boils, Aids, gonorrhoea Boil 1 tsp sandalwood powder in 3 cups water till it is reduced to 1 cup. Add a little rose water and sugar and take thrice a day.

A word of caution
Neem should be used with discretion if severe fatigue or emaciation is noticed. Avoid excessive use of neem.
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