As the mother of a 2 year old I am typically searching for a calming, anti-anxiety essential oil pretty regularly. Having thought that maybe my child just wouldn’t go through that ‘terrible two’ stage my oil arsenal is made up of detoxifying and immune boosting products rather than relaxing essential oils. Well here we are in the midst of a pretty difficult toddler-hood and thus I am collecting a mellow mix for my little guy. One of the best natural tools for anxiety and irritability is Sandalwood essential oil. This warm and rich aromatic liquid is created by steam distillation of chips coming from the ‘heartwood’ of the tree itself. Sandalwood is highly prized and very precious due to the fact that trees need to mature at least 30 if not 70 years in order to achieve a premium product. The Ayurvedic doctors of India have used Sandalwood for ages having this oil introduced at birth, it is safe to use on children, and continuing usage all the way up to death. Sandalwood was once used to embalm bodies of the dead just as was Myrrh. Since this essential oil is so effective at soothing the stomach and digestive tract it makes for a fabulous baby remedy. It is always smart to dilute the essential oil in quality nut/seed/vegetable oils like olive before topical application on youngsters. While this essential oil helps qualm any internal upset, it also aids in the release of fear and stress that may be pent up in the mind. This is why Sandalwood has long been used in incense and alongside meditation sessions, it has the ability to rejuvenate an anxious and depressed mental state. Apply a drop or two to your temples before a session of yoga, massage or meditation for an instant lift. Try blending this luscious oil with Lavender and Frankincense to deepen your connection. Beyond the obvious anti-inflammatory components of Sandalwood it is also a known antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, disinfectant, expectorant, sedative and tonic. Internally this oil will reduce ulcers, bring down a fever, lower bad cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, clear up a urinary infection and reduce lingering coughs. Try using 4 drops daily in a glass of water or milk, as this essential oil is quite tasty. Use Sandalwood essential oil topically to reduce scars and acne, quench dry skin, soothe sore muscles and even replace your chemically laden commercial deodorant. The uses of this essential oil cover an array of maladies and can be aimed at virtually any age group. Be kind to your body and mind this season by dropping by the spa for a tranquil healing session scented with this age-old remedy known as Sandalwood essential oil!
By: Kristen and Bethany