Sandalwood oil is widely known for being a spiritual, sacred oil, used around the world during practices of prayer and meditation. It teaches piety and respect for Deity. It has the unique property of calming a busy mind, quieting any anxious thoughts or worries and allowing a person to relax into a peaceful state, letting go of their mind/ego and slipping into the present moment. This is especially true when Sandalwood is applied over the forehead, the pre-frontal cortex (often called the 3rd eye or area of the pineal glad), which is your worry center of the brain. Sandalwood is great during prayer and meditation because it prepares the spirit to communicate with God.
Sandalwood teaches the practice of spiritual devotion and sacrifice. It invites individuals to let go of material attachments to be able to progress spiritually. It asks individuals to assess their hearts and challenges them to re-order priorities so that they can be more aligned with the Divine will.
Sandalwood raises us to higher levels of consciousness so that we can dig deeper within ourselves and get rid of the belief systems that no longer serve us. For those of us who are ready to relinquish attachment to fame, wealth and the need to be accepted, Sandalwood teaches how to be truly humble, devoted and have love for God unconditionally.
There is no doubt that Sandalwood encourages deep relaxation. Its sweet aromatic scent of wood invokes calmness and a sense of peace around us. This allows for better intuition and better awareness especially when opening up to and learning how to unconditionally love ourselves or God. Sandalwood opens up the root and sacral chakras once emotional issues are addressed and released.
Sandalwood blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, White Fir, Ylang Ylang.
Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang.
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.