Sandalwood is the name of a group of fragrant trees that is found mostly in India, some other countries of south Asia, Indonesia and Australia. This aromatic tree was initially used mostly by perfume makers, a practice that lead to the overharvesting of this otherwise slow-growing tree.
While the fragrance continues to be one of the most popular derivatives of sandalwood, the powder and oil are also heavily used for their excellent skincare enhancing qualities, especially to enhance the glow on a bride just before her wedding.
Many Ayurvedic, as well as other natural products use sandalwood as a key beauty ingredient. Alternatively, you can also use sandalwood to make your own homemade face packs.
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Sandalwood is excellent for various skin ailments and problems:
As an anti-aging treatment: Sandalwood contains powerful antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory agent that helps to improve blood circulation to your face, remove toxins and fight the formation of wrinkle-causing free radicals. A sandalwood face pack also helps undo damage caused by the sun, and works as an excellent anti-aging treatment.
Zap those zits: Sandalwood powder has long been used by teenagers tormented by pimples. A traditional paste of equal parts sandalwood powder and turmeric with water can be very effective in reducing random eruptions of zits.
If you suffer from a more serious acne problem, a paste of sandalwood powder and rosewater can help mellow down a pimple breakout.
Ditch that dry skin: Many creams and lotions aimed at reducing dryness use sandalwood oil as a key ingredient.
As a massage essential: Sandalwood oil is often used in aromatherapy massages, especially if the person getting the massage is prone to anxiety and moodiness. While some may find the sandalwood fragrance too strong, the scent is actually great for soothing nerves and promotes a sense of peace and meditation.
Sandalwood as a soporific: Since anxiety and insomnia are often related, the soothing sandalwood not only helps to reduce anxiety and stress, but also promotes better sleep and tackle insomnia.
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Reduces itchiness: Sandalwood has a calming effect on the skin and can be used to relax inflamed skin. It’s also great to apply after an insect bite.