Sandalwood (Royal Hawaiian), Special Aged Essential Oil – Organic
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Country of Origin: United States
- Plant Part: Heartwood
- Latin Name: Santalum paniculatum
- Cultivation: Certified Organic
About the Oil: This Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood Essential Oil is an almost magical Sandalwood with an exceptional level of alpha and beta santalols and the most divinely sweet, long–lasting aroma we’ve experienced.
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About The Plant
Santalum paniculatum is only found on the Big Island of Hawaii and is also called Mountain Sandalwood. S. paniculatum is a shrub or small tree 3 to 10 meters in height with greenish-blue leaves. Its flowers are sweet smelling and usually clustered at the ends of the branches, and the mature fruits are black to purple. Sandalwood trees are root-parasites, which means that they derive additional nutrients from neighboring host plants by means of specialized roots called "haustoria".
In the early 19th century, Santalum paniculatum and three other endemic species of sandalwood were severely over-harvested for the commercial export of their fragrant heartwood. Due to the slow growth of these trees and continued human disturbance, this species is uncommon in the native forests of Hawaii.
About The Oil
Sandalwood essential oil from Hawaii is called 'Royal Hawaiian' Sandalwood for its exquisite aroma. The essential oil is steam distilled from the heartwood of Sandalwood trees grown on a family-owned plantation. This rare and precious Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood is the most deeply-sweet of our Sandalwood varieties and perhaps the most feminine. It's character in this regard is truly unmatched.
NOTE: It is common to find oils distilled from the wood of Santalum lanceolatum and Eremophila mitchelli fraudulently sold in the marketplace as "Sandalwood" essential oil. However, neither the aromatic compounds nor the therapeutic attributes are similar enough to true Sandalwood to act as a substitute.
The long history of Sandalwood in the cultural and spiritual life of Asia is enormous. The wood has been: carved into furniture, temples, and religious icons; burned as incense in Buddhist and Hindu temples; and used in Tibetan and Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine(s), just to name a few of its many uses.
Long before its therapeutic qualities were known, Sandalwood essential oil was used in yogic and other meditative practices to harness stillness of mind and unity of being. With a history of 4,000 years of use, Sandalwood essential oil is one of the oldest known perfume components.