Updated: Dec 7, 2017
Grown in Asia and East India, #Sandalwood was originally used at funeral ceremonies; burnt so the scent could carry the soul into the next life. The aroma — which retains its fragrance for decades — comes from the wood itself. The warm soothing scent of sandalwood helps the mind to #unwind and helps open the heart to #love.
In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate #sensuality, grant a sense of #awareness, invoke #tranquility, awaken the #divinethoughts within and promote profound #relaxation. Burning sandalwood incense can benefit #healingwork by promoting a deeper relaxed state in the healer, increasing #spiritualenergy.
Sandalwood stimulates the #basechakra - believed to enhance #trust and #selfidentity. In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, it promotes energy and #enthusiasm; increasing a person's self-esteem and zest for life. It is also believed that burning sandalwood near your door welcomes your #guestsand subconsciously attunes them to your home’s positivity - encouraging them to leave their doubts and anger outside.
Breathing in the aromatic smoke from a sandalwood incense stick can help to lift #melancholy and promote restful #sleep. It subdues aggression and irritability, promotes #compassion and #openness and enhances meditation. Sandalwood is particularly good for #stressrelief, especially when combined with lavender or bergamot.