Indian Sandalwood (aka. White/Yellow Sandalwood)is a highly fragrant light brown wood obtained from the Santalum genus. Native to India, these trees have been cultivated and harvested since ancient times. The wood is highly priced as incense and for its use in the production of oils. It was once commonly employed in temple construction in India. Due to over-exploitation, the sale of sandalwood in India is now strictly regulated by the government. Smoke produced by burning Indian Sandalwood is soft, warm and quite unlike other fragrant woods. Though it can be burned, we recommend shaving off little pieces and heating them indirectly to slowly release the beautiful essential oils. The scent is thought to calm the mind and alleviate depression. We have found that it works nicely while performing yoga and meditation. S. album is a superior wood when compared to its commonly employed substitute S. spicatum. It is associated with the Air element and Mercury is thought to be its celestial body.
Kingdom: Group: Family: Genus: Species:
Plantae Angiosperms Santalaceae Santalum album
Santalum album is native to India and Sri Lanka.
Arbre à baumes (French), 自檀香 Bai
tan xiang (Chinese), Bois de santal (French), Candana (Sanskrit), Cendana (Malay/Indonesia),
Chandan (Bengali/Hindi), Chandana (Oriya), Chandanah (Sanskrit), Echte
Sandelholzbaum (German), Indian Sandalwood, Сандал Sandal (Russian), Sandal abyad (Arabic), Sándalo
(Spanish), Sândalo (Portuguese), Sandalo bianco (Italian), Sándalo blanco
(Spanish), Sândalo-branco (Portuguese), Сандаловое
дерево Sandaloboe derevo (Russian), Sandalwood, Sandanam
(Tamil), Sandelboom (Dutch), Sandelholz weiß (German), Sandelholzbaum
(German), Sandelhout (Dutch), Sandeltræ (Danish), Santal blanc (French), Santal
de l'Inde (French), Santhanam (Tamil), サンダルウッド
Sendaruuddo (Japanese), 檀香
Tan xiang (Chinese), 檀香木 Tan xiang mu (Chinese), Ven santhanum (Tamil), 情侣树 Qing lü shu (Chinese), White Sandalwood, Yellow
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