Botanical Name: Santalum spicatum
Plant Part: Wood
Country of Origin: Australia
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Australian Sandalwood: Santalum spicatum, a native tree of Western Australia, is closely related to the Indian Santalum album and has high levels of active fragrance compounds as well as high levels of anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-microbial effects of Australian Sandalwood oil are attributed to its contents of farnesol. This compound, which is well known and widely studied, normally constitutes 5-10% of the volatile oil content of Sandalwood oil from Santalum spicatum. Anti-inflammatory properties are credited to the a-bisabolol (5-10% content) which is a counter-inflammatory agent found in high proportions and extracted from this species.
“The Australian Sandalwood produces a very similar oil to Sandalwood Mysore, but with a dry-bitter top note.” – excerpted from the book Complete Essential Oils by Julia Lawless. Blends well with basil, black pepper, frankincense, geranium, lavender, lemon, neroli, rose, and vetiver. Flash point: 200F.