The sandalwood tree provides extremely versatile products which have been used around the world for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians imported the wood from India and used it in medicine, as well as in rituals to venerate gods and to embalm the dead (Kumar, Joshi, Ram, http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/103/12/1408.pdf, 2012). The sandalwood tree’s rich wood and valuable essential oil thus have a long history of ancient use in aromatherapy, body care, Ayurveda, perfumery, woodworking, spiritual traditions, and even cuisine, and today sandalwood is still valued by many of these industries. With this incredible variety of applications, it’s not surprising that sandalwood is such a revered resource.
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