Sandalwood is one of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy. Known to be one of the most grounding and stabilizing essential oils, it has a number of benefits when applied topically. These properties are due in large part to rich concentrations of sesquiterpene alcohols, particularly alpha- and beta-santalol. The presence of the santalol compounds has not been detected in measurable quantities in any other CPTG® essential oils, but together comprise approximately 70 percent of the chemical makeup of Sandalwood.


Although santalol wasn’t isolated until the 20th century, its properties have been used for millennia as the various species of Sandalwood have been widely used in their native lands since antiquity. Sandalwood grows indigenously across the world in areas such as Nepal, the Pacific Islands, Sri Lanka, Australia, and India, and it is universally prized for its health benefits. Many of these properties have been scrutinized by modern scientific research, and studies isolating the santalol compounds have shown that many of the dominant properties of Sandalwood essential oils are likely strongly influenced by those complex and slow-metabolizing sesquiterpenes.


The breadth of research regarding Sandalwood’s effects on the skin is overwhelming, and studies isolating the santalol compounds suggest that this is due primarily to their biological activity in human cells. In vitro research suggests that both alpha- and beta-santalol applied topically may help soothe and promote healthy-looking skin.1 Further experimental research suggests that topical application of alpha-santalol promotes overall skin health.2 Add 1-2 drops of Hawaiian Sandalwood to your moisturizer and apply daily for smooth, glowing skin. Santalol also has surface cleansing properties and is known to protect against environmental threats.3

The fragrance of Sandalwood is what it is most known for, and that sweet, woody, mood-enhancing aroma is provided by the rich concentration of alpha- and beta-santalol. Human clinical research suggests that when used aromatically, alpha-santalol may help uplift mood. Diffusing Sandalwood oil may help soothe anxious feelings and promote a restful night’s sleep.4


Santalol is a well-researched, safe, and natural compound found in doTERRA Hawaiian and Sandalwood essential oils. Research suggests that it may help soothe anxious feelings, promote restful sleep, and protect against environmental threats.



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