Indian Sandalwood

Santalum album (Santalaceae)

Characteristics

Distribution

Natural Medicine Properties

Sandalwood contains 3 – 6% essential oils (predominantly the sesquiterpenols alpha- and beta-santalol), resin and tannins.
It is an aromatic, bittersweet, astringent herb that cools the body, calms the mind, relieves spasms and improves digestion.
It has diuretic, analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant and stimulant effects.
The wood or essential oil is taken internally in the treatment of genito-urinary disorders, fever, sunstroke, digestive problems and abdominal pain.
A paste of the wood is used externally to treat skin complaints.
Sandalwood oil is little used in modern herbalism, its main application is in aromatherapy.

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Sandalwood contains 3 – 6% essential oils (predominantly the sesquiterpenols alpha- and beta-santalol), resin and tannins.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species