Using Sandalwood For Skin Treatments Has So Many Benefits (And The Amazing Scent Is An Added Bonus)

One of the most common essential oils that we see used in aromatherapy and skincare is sandalwood because of its bright, woody fragrance and it's potent skincare benefits. Since it tends to be one of the pricier essential oils, it makes sense to learn exactly what this essential oil can do for your face and hair before you commit to buying sandalwood. However, once you get a glimpse into the healing properties of sandalwood, you'll understand why forking over $60 for pure sandalwood ain't a thang for some of us.

Unlike cedarwood, which has a similar fragrance, sandalwood doesn't naturally grow domestically, which is just one reason for the high price tag associated with this essential oil. Sandalwood is commonly found in warmer climates, like those in Nepal, Indonesia, India, Australia, and parts of the Middle East. Another important factor in the cost of sandalwood is that the demand is higher than the amount of sandalwood that can be naturally produced. According to sources at Self Growth, illegal sandalwood poachers have left a scarce supply of trees for consumers. Bear in mind that it takes up to 30 years to grow sandalwood for it to be ready for the steam distillation process to make the essential oil. Yes, this oil is highly coveted. Fortunately, you don't need to go to illegal measures to obtain this oil; there are still plenty on the shelves to solve your beauty woes...and there are few problems sandalwood can't solve.

According to sources at Organic Facts, the astringent properties of sandalwood along with its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties can provide relief to acne sufferers. One of the biggest benefits for anyone with blemishes is that sandalwood is excellent at removing scars. That means that you can treat your blemishes and start the scar-removal process simultaneously. For anyone who scars easily, a pimple can last a lifetime because of the dark spot it leaves behind, once you've finally dealt with the bacteria causing zit you're left with an unsightly red or dark spot that serves as a painful memory. Forgive me for being dramatic, but I've had my fair share of dark spots.

Now, it's not all about face time with sandalwood. This evergreen tree also has emollient properties for all hair types. Now, if that doesn't make everyone with an afro's ears perk up, I don't know what does. The only carrier oils that I can truly count on for long-lasting moisture are coconut and castor oil but, to be honest, they smell pretty rancid together. However, adding a lil sandalwood and a lil clary sage turns that greasy smell into an intoxicating scent. Who's NOT about that life?!

Listen: This oil is pricy, but since it's so incredibly potent, an ounce of oil should last for your several months, even if you are using it both your body and hair needs. The recipes below involve a little love, a little sandalwood, and a lot of benefits!

Soothing Aftershave

Sandalwood is a common ingredient in men's aftershave, but it works wonders for women as well. Personally, my bikini line would be a disaster if it wasn't for my homemade sandalwood aftershave treatment. Here's what you'll need:

  • 12 drops of sandalwood
  • 10 drops of cedarwood
  • 8 drops of helichrysum
  • 1 tablespoon of vodka
  • 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon of filtered water

OK, so why is my recipe so crazy? For starters, vodka is another fabulous astringent AND a good way to close open pores after shaving. Helichrysum is ultra healing for cysts and boils. Baobab oil is easily absorbed into skin and ideal for damaged skin. Mix all your ingredients together, saving the essential oils for last, and store in a tinted container. Apply on damp skin immediately after shaving and as needed.

Scar Healing Treatment

Make your own acne scar treatment at home by using 10 drops of sandalwood, eight drops of lemon essential oil (fresh lemon juice works too, but is more perishable), eight drops of frankincense, and blend with a grape seed oil. Store your new scar treatment in a tinted vial and just apply a drop on each dark spot daily. Using a carrier oil, like grape seed, will make sure that the essential oils don't dry your skin out.

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