Saturday, 29 October 2011


Important trial of East Indian Sandalwood

This illustrates some of the problems with clinical trials of aromatherapy products using essential oils which cannot be patented. Mysore soap and sandalwood oil has long established traditional use. A clinical trial to back that up is great. There is one problem. As essential oils cannot be patented the tendancy is to put $ intothe expensive clinical trials of products which can be patented eg synthetic organic molecules to which the body is unadapted and which may not do the job. Well done to this company for initiating this trial and I hope the investment is worth it. A lot of people are going to benefit if the trial is successful.

Sandalwood, santalum album, santalaceae.  Common uses of sandalwood are respiratory problems, skin problems, urinary tract problems.

A native to india but grown in new caledonia and australia, sandalwood is a small parasitic evergreen tree which survives by attaching itself to the root of another plant.  The oil is steam distilled from the tree's heartwood and roots, and is pale yellow to brown in colour with a musky lingering aroma that is said to be popular with both men and women.

The chemical composition Alcohols (sesquiterpenols) - santols upto 90%, borneol Sesquiterpenes, santalenes, curcumenes, farnesene, Acids nortricycloekasantalic acid Other monoterpenes (limonene) ketones (santalone) Remainer about 7.5%. 

Chemopreventative Research includes articles on skin papillomas, Dwivedi and Abu-Ghazaleh 1997 herpes simplex Benencia and Courreges 1999


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