The use of Sandalwood as an essential oil is highly documented and dates back thousands of years. It is a group of woods that, unlike other aromatic woods, retains its fragrance for decades. α-Santlol, a sesquiterpene isolated from Sandalwood, is known for a variety of therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-bacterial activities. Sandalwood can also be used to help reduce the appearance of scars and skin imperfections, to promote healthy, smooth-looking skin, to enhance and balance mood, and as a wonderful grounding oil for use in meditation.
The human body is composed of over 37 trillion cells. Each of these cells has a certain lifespan and will eventually die and be replaced by a new cell. This is a normal, natural process that facilitates the renewal of the body. The rate at which cells divide and die (apoptosis) is an important factor in the health of the body. A review article written by researchers at South Dakota State University and published in June 2015 explores the ability of Sandalwood oil to help maintain normal cell division and apoptosis in the body. You can view the abstract here.