Santalum album; Sandal Wood; Sudu Handun; සුදු හඳුන්
Santalum album, or 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 and medicinal qualities.
However, the high value of the species has caused over-exploitation, to the point where the wild population is vulnerable to extinction. 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 is part of the catalog of ayurvedic medicinal plants of Sri Lanka.
Fevers, Diarrhoea, Dysentery, Gastric irritations, Spermatorrohea, Gonorrhoea, Inflammations, Skin diseases, Pruritus, Haemoptysis, Wounds, Worm infestations, Excessive thirst, Hiccups
Parts Used in Treatment:
- Heart wood
- Seed oil
Related Medicinal Properties
- Helps to keep the heart healthy
- Pacifies vitiated Vatha and Kapha doshas