Essential oil: Sandal wood
The following are some of the health benefits of sandalwood essential oil in further detail.
1. Promotes mental clarity and relaxation
When used as a fragrance or incense, sandalwood oil can promote mental clarity, create peace and relaxation, and boost memory.
A 2006 study found that sandalwood oil increases attention and cognitive clarity, while also promoting calm awareness. Another study published in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in 2006 found that palliative care patients felt more relaxed and less anxious when they received sandalwood oil through aromatherapy prior to receiving care, compared to patients not receiving sandalwood.
2. Contains anti-inflammatory properties
As a natural anti-inflammatory, the alpha-santalol and beta-santalol in sandalwood may provide mild inflammation relief in a similar way as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but without the negative effects associated with the drugs.