Essential oils at a glance


Sandalwood oil – image

“Comforting and can soothe anxiety,
    tension or stress; restores the spirit”

Latin name: Santalum album

Description of plant: An evergreen semi-parasitic tree, growing slowly to a height of ~13 m. Native to tropical Asia

Nature of oil: Yellow liquid with a soft, sweet balsamic aroma; calming and uplifting; a reputed aphrodisiac

Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the roots and heartwood

Blends well with: cedarwood, coriander, cypress, frankincense, juniper berry, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, pine, rose, ylang ylang, vetiver

Specific precautions required: Can cause dermatitis if used without dilution

Stress-relieving properties include: Comforting; soothes anxiety, tension or stress; restores the spirit; relaxing; good for depression and other stress-related disorders

Medical properties include: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial; good for acne, eczema, respiratory ailments, cystitis, nausea, insomnia, premenstrual tension


  1. Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.

For the best effects, it is advisable to buy pure essential oils. Products containing synthetic ingredients will not provide the same degree of benefit.

A word of caution about essential oils: The essential oils supplied with Aroma4U products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable – keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

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Last updated: 14 May 2015

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