I always feel so blessed when my Sandalwood, my ‘Chandana’, arrives from India. Indian Sandalwood is one of the most sacred herbs of Ayurveda. It comes from evergreen trees that are at least 60 years old, grown in Southern India, and these are the only Sandalwood beads I’ll use in my designs.
Calming, sedating Sandalwood is a wonderful meditation tool, clearing stress from the nervous system. Essential oil applied on the third eye awakens intelligence and lifts depression. Burning incense and using a sandalwood mala for japa helps to quiet the mind.
Sacred Sandalwood is used in Hindu rituals and ceremonies to purify the space, and the oil is applied on the forehead to bring the devotee closer to the Divine.
Its scent is said to transform desires, and also to bring emotional balance. In alternative healing, sandalwood is used in Ayurvedic medicine, and to treat anxiety, insomnia, neuralgia, sciatica, depression, urinary tract infections, coughs, nausea, dry skin, cardiac tonic, inflammations, fevers, antiseptic, dystentery, and stress-related disorders. Sandalwood is also used as an aphrodisiac.
Because of its numerous healing properties, pure Sandalwood is as precious as gold.