Sandalwood is a natural antiseptic and preservative that is used in the production of soaps, beauty creams and other toiletries. Sandalwood, popularly known as Chandan in India, has also often been mentioned in the Ayurveda as a natural healer. Ask your grandmother and she will suggest Chandan as one of the best solutions for any skin problem.

For a very long time, sandalwood has had a place of dignity and respect reserved for it in many of the religions and societies across the world, especially in Hinduism. In Hinduism, it is considered holy and indispensable to most social and religious rituals. It is also applied on the forehead as a sacred mark by the members of some communities in India.

The oil and paste of Sandalwood are used in medicines or for skin and beauty treatments, as well as in many other industrial productions, including in mouth fresheners, edibles, incense sticks, room fresheners, deodorants, perfumes, soaps, etc.

Sandalwood Powder
 

Sandalwood Powder

Regular use of the antibacterial Sandalwood powder helps in fighting acne-causing bacteria, exfoliates the skin, soothes sunburn, removes suntan and also reduces signs of ageing such as dry skin and wrinkles. The smell of sandalwood also immediately leads to your mood becoming all the more pleasant.

If you have trouble fighting acne, blemishes or dry skin problems, we’d suggest that you opt for sandalwood powder instead of any commercial beauty products. It has numerous health and beauty benefits, one of them being that it can treat skin rashes, blemishes, acne and many other skin problems. The advantages of sandalwood for your skin are varied and numerous.

Sandalwood Oil
 

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil can help you get a bright, clean and flawless skin. It also helps cure skin infections and prevents itching and untimely skin ageing. It can be used to get rid of inflammation, prevent spasms, boost renal health, to keep your blood pressure under control, to help in getting rid of body odor, drive stress and anxiety away, fight viral infections and to do many more such amazing things.

Inhaling the aroma of sandalwood oil transmits certain signals to a part of the brain involving the control of emotions. Known as the limbic system, this part of the brain also influences the nervous system to an extent. This can help in controlling the heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

Sandalwood oil is also a very good antiseptic agent, safe for both internal and external applications. If you consume the oil, it can help in healing internal wounds, ulcers and infections. In the same way, it can also be externally applied to wounds, sores, boils, and pimples to prevent them from becoming infectious.

Sandalwood oil can also help in the treatment of a cough. It behaves like an expectorant and fights any viral infections that may be caused due to a cough, common cold, flu or other illnesses. It also helps in boosting memory and increases your concentration power.

This oil is especially beneficial for growing children. It helps in soothing the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems while also enabling these systems to better function in harmony and without any abnormalities. It is also effective in tackling the problem of body odour.

A Word of Caution: There are no known risks that are associated with the use of sandalwood oil except that it is not to be applied raw onto the skin. Make sure that you mix sandalwood oil with some carrier oil of your choice.

Also, test your skin sensitivity before you use the oil. Try it on the feet first if possible. Excessive use of the oil can also lead to skin sensitization. Avoid direct contact with your eyes, ears and nose.

How To Make Sandalwood Oil At Home
 

How To Make Sandalwood Oil At Home?

A lot of us are skeptical about the essential oils that are available in the market. Don’t worry though; here’s a list of all the ingredients you’ll need to make sandalwood oil at home. You can mix it with bergamot, black pepper, geranium, lavender, myrrh, rose, vetiver or ylang-ylang since they blend very well with sandalwood oil, especially for aromatherapy.
All You Need Is:
 

  • 1 cup of olive oil (or any oil of your choice)
  • 8 grams sandalwood powder
  • Saucepan
  • Cheesecloth or muslin cloth
  • A jar with a lid

How To Make It:

  • Preheat the oven at 200 degrees. Take a saucepan, pour the oil and slowly add sandalwood powder to it.
  • Place the saucepan in the oven for about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Then, remove the pan from the oven and strain the mixture into a jar using a muslin cloth or cheesecloth.
  • Store it in a cool place. The oil is now ready to be used. You can use this oil for aromatherapy, as massage oil, in your bath water, for ingestion, for gargling or add it to lotions.

Skin Firming Blend: Mix 5 drops of sandalwood, lavender and patchouli essential oils along with 8 drops of cypress. Apply it on the affected areas before you go to bed. Store the mixture in a roller bottle.

Anti-wrinkle Blend: Mix equal parts of geranium, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, rosemary and lemon essential. Apply it on your face before you go to sleep.

Makeup Removal: Mix ½ a cup of hot water with ¼ cup of Castile liquid; then add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil along with 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil. Store it all in a bottle and dab it onto your skin whenever you wish to remove your makeup.

Now that we have talked about sandalwood oil, let’s talk about sandalwood powder as well. There are numerous ways in which you can use sandalwood powder for treating different skin problems. We bring to you some of the recipes for treating common skin problems using sandalwood powder and without adding any chemicals.

Sandalwood For Blemishes
 

1. Blemishes

We all know that blemishes can be pretty stubborn but sandalwood is extremely effective in helping you get rid of these stubborn spots and blemishes in the most natural way.
All You Need Is:

  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder
  • A small tablet of camphor
  • 1 teaspoon of milk

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients together into a smooth paste.
  • Gently massage it onto the affected area and leave it on overnight.
  • Wash it off with cold water the next morning.

Doing this regularly will help in removing blemishes and also relax your skin.

Sandalwood For Pimples
 

2. Pimples

As the skin produces sebum and oil in excess quantities, impurities, dirt and germs begin to clog the skin pores. This is the prime reason why pimples are formed. Sandalwood has anti-bacterial properties that help fight and prevent acne-causing bacteria, making your skin look flawless in the process.
All You Need Is:

  • 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder
  • 1 teaspoon of milk
  • A pinch of turmeric powder

Method To Fight Acne:

  • Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • Apply the paste onto your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water.

Method To Prevent Acne:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder with 1 teaspoon of milk.
  • Apply it to your face and let it stay for 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water.
  • Gently dab your skin with cotton wool dipped in rose water.

Sandalwood For Sun Tan
 

3. Sun Tan

A suntan can get really troubling after a certain period of time. Sandalwood helps in removing the suntan and in reducing sunburn because of its soothing properties.
All You Need Is:

  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or milk

Method:

  • Mix the above mentioned ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • Apply it onto your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

Do this 3 times a week and see the difference for yourself.

Sandalwood Powder for Wrinkles and Skin Aging
 

4. Wrinkles and Skin Aging

Exposure to the sun, dust and pollution can lead to the premature ageing of skin and cause wrinkles. Washing your face frequently with a face wash can help remove the dirt but it also strips your face of all the essential oils, resulting in skin problems.
All You Need Is:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder
  • 1 egg yolk

Method:

  • Mix the above mentioned ingredients into a paste and apply it onto your face.
  • Keep it on for about an hour and then wash it off with cold water.

Use this technique regularly to improve your skin’s elasticity and to prevent the sagging of skin.

Sandalwood For Dry Skin
 

5. Dry Skin

Dry and flaky skin can be a major cause of itchiness and frustration. The oils present in sandalwood can help you cure these skin problems, leaving your skin soft, supple and moisturised.
All You Need Is:

  • Sandalwood paste

Method:

  • Apply the sandalwood paste onto your skin about twice a week for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cold water
  • Gently pat the skin dry.

Sandalwood For Swelling
 

6. Swelling

Sandalwood has cooling agents that can help treat swelling.
All You Need Is:

  • Sandalwood powder
  • Turmeric
  • Lavender oil

 Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients into a paste.
  • Apply it on the affected areas.
  • Keep it on for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.