Sandalwood essential oil is a cleansing, astringent addition to massage and facial oils, bath oils, aftershaves, lotions, and creams. It’s a safe oil for all skin types, and it is particularly useful for dry, sensitive, or inflamed skin. Sandalwood essential oil is known in aromatherapy to be relaxing, cooling, centering, and sensual, promoting good sleep and positive thoughts. Because of these properties, it is often used to soothe anxiety and depression.
Sandalwood essential oil is known in aromatherapy to be a peaceful source of grounding and acceptance in times of emotional distress and loss, thus explaining why it has been used all over the world in funeral rituals to comfort mourners and aid in the deceased’s safe passage to other worlds. It is also used to boost concentration, and it has long been considered an excellent aid in meditation and prayer, which is discussed in more detail under Spiritual Traditions.