Latin name: Santalum austrocaledonicum
Plant family: Santalceae
Sandalwood Hydrolats come from the aromatic waters produced by steam distillation Sandalwood, a small evergreen, parasitic tree. It grows up to 9 metres high with a brown-grey trunk and many smooth slender branches. It has leathery leaves and small pink-purple flowers. The tree must be a least thirty years old before being able to go into production to make Sandalwood Essential Oil. Native to tropical Asia but India is the main Essential Oil producer.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
Can help maintain a youthful appearance, beneficial for dry and damaged skin and also for anti-aging treatments. Also, use in compresses for chest infection and catarrhal conditions. A kidney tonic and liver cleanser when taken internally.
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.