November 2, 2007

Sandalwood (Chandan) for beauty

sandalwoodFragrant sandalwood (Chandan), is indeed a very valuable tree and is synonymous with our rich culture and tradition. It has been used both as a cosmetic and as a curative, down the ages. Women in ancient India have used it as a cosmetic to beautify their skins and to perfume themselves. Both sandalwood and its oil have been used in Ayurveda for many centuries. Unfortunately it often falls prey to the poacher’s axe who fells it down mercilessly for his own selfish and commercial interests. If this kind of indiscriminate poaching is not stopped then the day is not far off when this priceless tree will become extinct.

Skincare with sandalwood
Sandalwood is also ideal for protective skin care. Its antiseptic quality helps to treat rashes, spots, blackheads and other skin eruptions. Its germicidal quality inhibits the growth of bacteria. It has also been found to improve the skin’s ability to moisturize itself. Application of sandalwood paste tones up the skin. It is specially beneficial to oily skins, because it is astringent in nature. 

Read the above post for treating acne.

An excellent face mask with sandalwood:
Sandalwood powder – 1 tsp
Honey – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Mix well and apply on face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with cold water. It leaves the skin tingly fresh.

Sandalwood to cure itching
Sandalwood paste has a soothing effect and helps relieve itching in scabies. 

Sandalwood to cure excessive sweating
Sandalwood powder can be mixed in rose water and applied over parts of the body where there is profuse sweating.

Sandalwood as sunscreen
The red variety of sandalwood or rakt chandan as it is called has the ability to protect against the harmful rays of the sun and the paste can be applied to ease sunburn. It is widely used in sunscreens and other cosmetic creams these days.

Sandal wood for prickly heat
Sandalwood paste is a popular household remedy for prickly heat. It prevents excessive sweating and heals inflamed skin. It has a naturally cooling effect and is specially beneficial during summer. Hence smearing sandal paste on children to protect form the terrible summer heat is highly recommended. It prevents rashes and is gentle on their skin. That’s why sandalwood is the ingredient of choice in many baby skin care products also.

Sandalwood for stress
Sandalwood oil is a sedative and it soothes the nerves. It can provide relief in stress and so is used in aromatherapy. It also has a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes.

Sandalwood for relieving headaches, fevers etc
Sandalwood paste applied on temples, relieves headache and brings downs the temperature in fevers. Pounded tulsi (basil) leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can also be applied on the forehead for getting relief from heat and headache and for providing coolness in general.

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  1. Anonymous9:55 AM

    Can i use sandalwood oil or powder daily on my face?
    mine is an oily skin

  2. Anonymous9:57 AM

    its depends upon your skin.although it is good for face but dont use it unnecessarily.if your skin is clear(no pimples,spot etc)then it will be no harmful to ur skin and if ur skin is OILY then it is not necessary.But sandalwood power is good for ALL TYPES OF SKIN.Apply it on ur face after mixing it with ROSE WATER.if u hav aloe vera juice,then u can add little with it(for best result.

  3. does sandalwood works for scars? i hv lots of scars on my leg area due to scratching when i was small, now im 25. how does it help? any other method that i can try to remove the marks?

  4. yes it's good for scars as well, use it with lemon juice or aloe juice for better results. But I would like to point out that home-remedies might work for light scars and blemishes only. If your scars are quite prominent and deep you may have to consult a dermatologist.

  5. Shweta10:03 AM

    Ancient Sages have used Sandal Wood to protect and heal the skin.

  6. Ranjana10:06 AM

    It treats pimples and skin eruptions. Keeps skin soft and smooth. Has excellent astringent, styptic and cooling properties for acne treatment

  7. Chadana2:42 PM

    Sandalwood has the following advantages on surface of the skin: Relaxing and comforting Softening and soothing properties Calming and balancing effect with moisturizer Relieves from irritation and itching of the skin

  8. Nakul7:02 PM

    Sandalwood is also effective in gastric irritability. About 22 grams of a watery emulsion of the wood mixed with sugar, honey and rice water should be administered in the treatment of such a condition.Sandalwood paste applied on the temple relieves headache and bring down the temperature in fever.It is also useful in the treatment of dysentery. It should be administered as for gastric irritability.

  9. Satyavathi5:31 PM

    Sandalwood oil has a mild fragrance and is extremely moisturizing. One of the ancient healing oils used for the skin in Biblical times, it is helpful for removing wrinkles and scars and renewing tired skin.

  10. Anonymous5:27 PM

    lavender helps with itch

  11. Sandalwood is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic remedy for many skin complaints and conditions. It is also known to cleanse and condition the skin, leaving it moisturized, free of germs and protected from the harmful rays of the sun. Application of the sandalwood paste on your body ensure a glowing skin to you

  12. Gouri9:02 AM

    wash and moisturize your face everyday. and don't cover your face up with lots of makeup and stuff like that

  13. Vandana10:00 AM

    A thin paste of sandalwood applied to the sunburn area is beneficial.

  14. Anonymous9:01 AM

    i sweat under my arms the powder works right? like will i have to apply that stuff for the rest of my life

  15. Herambh8:56 AM

    Sandalwood is very effective in treating acne scars. Mix it with some rosewater and apply it to the scars. Leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.

  16. Gurumati9:02 AM

    It's great as a face pack........tightens your pores, clears blemishes, controls acne, gives your skin a natural glow......

  17. Amita9:16 AM

    Sandalwood oil has the cooling effect for the skin and it may be used as a moisturizer, for massage and skin soother

  18. Anonymous8:46 AM

    SANDALWOOD is best home remedy for dark skin.
    . It is a cooling agent, stimulant, and blood purifier. It protects skin from the sun's rays, acts an anti-aging agent, and keeps skin smooth and aromatic. Sandalwood is extremely effective on pimples, prickly heat, skin erruptions, itching, rashes, spots, freckles, and swellings.
    Mix oatmeal with yogurt and tomato juice and apply on the face. Wash it with cold water after 15 minutes

  19. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and add 4 to 5 drops of milk in it
    and apply on to your face and body. Shower after 15 minutes with warm

  20. Harish9:17 AM

    It is a cooling agent, stimulant, and blood purifier. It protects skin from the sun's rays, acts an anti-aging agent, and keeps skin smooth and aromatic. Sandalwood is extremely effective on pimples, prickly heat, skin erruptions, itching, rashes, spots, freckles, and swellings.

  21. Janaki2:18 PM

    here is a great paste that you can apply on your blemishes. The recipe is one tablespoon of sandalwood power, one tablespoon of turmeric powder, and a little honey. It will clear up your acne and blemishes.

  22. Gargi9:31 AM

    you can mix the Sandalwood Powder with water to make a thick past to apply on your body or face.. The paste is very good to make your skin silk-smooth and remove blemish.

  23. H etal2:27 PM

    Try a honey/oatmeal mask, leave it on for 20 minutes, try a tomato.avocado mask leave it on for 30, or mix sea salt and seed oil and massage it into your skin after which you rinse with warm water. Be careful not to rub too hard and make your face red.

  24. Bhavana9:44 AM

    rubbing alcohol helps can help clean up the bacteria and oil from acne. Just be sure to moisturize because it totally makes your skin dry & flakey.

  25. hi
    i have lot of acne scars on my cheeks... its clearly visible.. does sandalwood and rose water be a remedy for this.. mine is oily skin.. please help me.. i want to get clear skin.. i hate my face.. is there any solution...

  26. @Bobby Rachel: Sure it's beneficial for acne scars and marks. It's antibacterial too.

  27. Hi...i have lot of pimple marks on my face...can i use sandal wood powder???does it fade my marks?and where do i get sandal wood powder (india,hyderabad)?????and please explain me the procedure how to use it...thanks....

  28. Hi keerthi, yes you can use sandalwood powder but a paste will be more effective. If you can get your hands on a piece of sandalwood, rub it over a stone with some water and extract its paste. Mix honey with it and apply it. This will help. Red sandalwood is also good for acne. Read the post here. I don't know where it is available in Hyderabad. But I'm sure, you'll get it easily as it is available in small towns as well. for fading marks read these posts as well. Simple ways of acquiring blemish-free complexion, Face masks to lighten blemishes. For more acne posts click here

  29. I hope you have read Sandalwood for acne post as well.

  30. Anonymous5:03 PM

    I have oily skin with pimples and blemishes..sometime sandlewood paste work as magic on my skin and make it so clear dat evry1 bcom surprise wid my clear skin n sometime it doesnt work..Why sometimes it work n sometime not?? After applying sandlewood paste I dont wash it rather I rub it after it dry..Is it gud to do so for my skin?? or sud I compusorily wash my face?? please tell me in detail..I am eagerly waiting and thanx in advance.

    1. You should wash off the dried paste instead of scrubbing it off as rubbing might irritate your skin. If sandalwood doesn't seem to work for you sometimes, try some other remedy. Maybe your lifestyle is to blame for your skin problems. Have food with low glycemic index, exercise regularly and drink 6-8 glasses of water everyday. If your condition doesn't improve, see a dermatologist.


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