The use of sandalwood oil dates back to four thousand years which makes it one of the oldest materials used on earth for its aromatic property. This slow-growing tree is found in India and various other parts of Asia. The oil is derived from the yellowish wood of the tree. Today due to the shortage in the number of these trees, the oil and the wood is known to be extremely valuable and expensive. Moreover, the oil is ingrained with a large number of medicinal and cosmetic values.
As the oil is a non-toxic product, it can be used safely by people of all ages and skin types. It includes a large number of therapeutic properties and it can be used to treat various ailments. It possesses anti-septic, anti-spasmodic and astringent properties which can cure several health issues.
Sandalwood oil is considered ideal for the hair as it helps to strengthen the roots of the hair. It is also used to straighten the hair. Known to be an excellent moisturizer it is often used in shampoos and conditioners as it can help to revitalize damaged hair. It offers an excellent shine and extra bounce to the tresses. One of the best ways to apply this oil on the hair is by mixing a few drops of the oil in a quarter cup of water mixed with orange juice and honey. Use this mixture after shampooing to obtain soft, shiny, beautiful and manageable tresses.
It is also known to be one of the best oil that can help to soften the skin and restore its ability to maintain moisture. As it includes so many beneficial properties, it can be applied directly onto the skin. The oil can help to cure inflammation, rashes, itching, eczema and psoriasis. It is also considered to be an ideal after shave as it has soothing properties. The oil can be applied onto the face to reduce pimples and shrink acne.
Steam inhalation of the oil can also reap many benefits. It can clear the respiratory tract and relieve symptoms of cold and flu. Steam inhalation can also help to reduce pimples and acne. The oil can be mixed with turmeric powder and lime juice to prepare a soothing mixture that can cure inflammation, rashes and pimples.
As it is an excellent moisturizer, it can be applied to cure dry skin. It can be used as a skin moisturizer along with jojoba oil to keep the skin soft and hydrated.
This oil is also considered to be effective for even skin tone. A few drops of the oil mixed along with coconut oil and jojoba oil is a perfect mixture that can help to remove blemishes and sun tan.
Today there are more than thousands of products which contain sandalwood oil such as shampoos, creams, lotions, gels and so forth. It is also made available in the form of oil. Most of these products can be obtained from online stores at affordable price rates.