July, 2013

Aloha Sandalwood!

Herbal Essence

Well, it seems that Indian Sandalwood (the real Santalum album) is not to be easily gotten anymore. Because of the threat of depletion, the Indian government is keeping close guard, and rightly so. It would be a shame to see it go altogether.

There are other Sandalwoods out there, such as the lighter Australian Santalum spicatum and the Sandalwood from New Caledonia, also named Santalum album but not truly an album it seems, with lower percentages of santalols.

But have a whiff of the Hawaiian Santalum paniculatum. Delightful! It has that groundedness of the Indian album, and like the Indian variety, has a high percentage of santalols. At the same time, this variety leaves the roots intact, so the tree is not destroyed when cultivated for distillation.

So, Sandalwood will once again be a part of my massage practice, my products, and my home.


Read Karen Williams’ blog on Sandalwood here.

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