Having spent some time in India recently, to celebrate my mom’s big birthday and then to nurse her back to health after a setback, I again couldn’t help but notice how much people there rely on nature to help heal. We got in a masseuse for my mom, of whom my sister and I also happily availed . This lady, within minutes, told all 3 of us about our aches and pains and was spouting natural cures for each. I was told that, for my brittle bones, I should soak 4 seeds of fenugreek with 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds overnight, and chew on them the next morning. I need no excuses to go the nature route, and am planning to start. I’ll keep you all posted, as she’s planning to check on my bones when we are back there in December!
I digress however. One of the elements she mentioned both to me and my sister for skin care was sandalwood. Goodness, sandalwood – I remember last hearing about the benefits of sandalwood for skincare when I was a teenager! This lady was effusive about the wonders of this miracle wood, for skin texture, anti infective properties and for healing scars. I got quite interested after her sales pitch and began to research. After you read this, you’re not going to be able to resist running out to your local health store to grab some sandalwood oil or powder!
Anti Aging: Sandalwood has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that help to draw blood circulation to your face, remove toxins and reduce the formation of free radicals that can lead to wrinkles and other signs of ageing
Anti Pimples: A face pack of sandalwood and turmeric or sandalwood and rosewater, applied on a clean face for 30 minutes can soothe those troublesome breakouts
As a cure for dry skin: Mix sandalwood with a thick yogurt, blend into a paste and apply to the skin to alleviate dryness
For massage: The oil is considered a powerful aromatherapy tool, and can be effective in calming sore muscles and providing complete relaxation
Sandalwood oil can help reduce blood pressure when taken under the care of a natural health expert
Believe it or not, if you dilute some sandalwood oil in water, it’s safe for use around the house (especially in the kitchen) to keep ants and other insects at bay. This oil, along with peppermint oil used similarly, are fabulous, non poisonous alternatives to pest control
Do I hear you all running to your local health store?? I thought so! Enjoy