Santalum album -Sandalwood-

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  • Botanically accurate
  • Sustainable Harvest
  • Full of Fragrance
  • From Plantation
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Latin name: Santalum album
Also know as:
White Sandalwood (when young), Indian sandalwood, Chandana, Chandanam, Srigandha

Origin: Australia
Supplier-ID: AG-52242Y

Santalum album – Sandalwood

Santalum album, or Indian sandalwood, is a small tropical tree, and the traditional source of sandalwood oil. It is native to southern India and Southeast Asia. It is considered sacred in some religions like Hinduism, and some cultures place great significance on its fragrant qualities. However, the high value of the species has caused over-exploitation, to the point where the wild population is vulnerable to extinction. Indian sandalwood still commands high prices for its essential oil owing to its high alpha santalol content, but due to lack of sizable trees it is no longer used for fine woodworking as before. The plant is long-lived, but harvest is only viable after many years.

Santalum album has been the primary source of sandalwood and the derived oil. These often hold an important place in the societies of their naturalised distribution range. The central part of the tree, the heartwood, is the only part of the tree that is used for its fragrance. It is yellow-brown in color, hard with an oily texture and due to its durability, is a preferred material for carving. The outer part of the tree, the sapwood, is unscented. The sapwood is white or yellow in color and is used to make turnery items. The high value of sandalwood has led to attempts at cultivation, this has increased the distribution range of the plant. It was valued in construction, since it was considered rotproof.

NOTE: Sandalwood is not related to Red Sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus). They can however be used together for aromatic and skin care recipes. 

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