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May 05, 2021 4 min read

Incense sticks cleanse the mind, body and soul. They help to release tension and induce a sense of calm.  

If you’re feeling stressed, burnt out, or just want to create a bit of ambience at home, incense sticks might be just what you need!  

At The Hippie House, we’re huge fans of everything sandalwood. Read on for our favourite things about this classic aroma.

sandalwood for beginners

Sandalwood is one of the most popular aromas in the world of incense and it’s easy to see why. With a fragrant, woodsy aroma, sandalwood incense is a great alternative to chemical air fresheners and also delivers a host of medicinal benefits.  

Sandalwood’s lovely scent has been widely appreciated in many different cultures for thousands of years. Cultivated from the genus Santalum, sandalwood retains its fragrance for decades, unlike most other aromatic woods. The wood itself is fine-grained with a warm brown colour, inducing a sense of tranquillity with its stunning appearance alone.

    sandalwood in history

    Sandalwood holds spiritual significance in many ancient religions of the East. Sacred in Hindu Ayurveda, sandalwood is used for worshipping the god Shiva; patron of yoga, meditation and the arts.  

    Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative medicinal system from the Indian subcontinent, places a strong emphasis on the beneficial qualities of sandalwood.  

    In Buddhism, sandalwood is used to aid concentration during meditation, while Jain monks and nuns shower sandalwood powder to bless disciples and followers.

    Traditional Chinese medicine also holds sandalwood in high regard. The wood is said to help regulate the flow of chi throughout the body, harmonising the stomach and eliminating pain.  

    With such a deep historical background, the traditional uses for sandalwood are wide-ranging and varied.  

    Other therapies utilising sandalwood have documented its ability to assist with a number of other issues:
    • Common cold
    • Muscle problems
    • Digestive problems
    • Mental disorders
    • Urinary tract infections   
    Sandalwood has also been widely used in aromatherapy practice to promote mental and physical wellbeing.  

    While modern science is yet to confirm the healing properties of sandalwood and its aroma, it’s hard to deny the ancient wisdom of these incredible cultures.


    Check out our huge range of sandalwood incense sticks!

    what are the benefits of sandalwood?

    While there are a host of amazing benefits of sandalwood incense, here’s just five of our favourites:

    Feeling anxious?

    A natural remedy used to help relax and induce a sense of calm, sandalwood is one of the most popular scents used in aromatherapy.  

    A study published in the Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice found that patients who had received sandalwood aromatherapy were more calm and less anxious than those who did not receive the treatment.

    sharpen your mind

    We’ve already mentioned that Buddhists use sandalwood in meditation, so it’s no surprise to find that the fragrance promotes mental clarity.  

    Research has found that alpha-santalol, sandalwood’s main compound, can generate a boost in mood and high levels of attentiveness. 

    High blood pressure remedy

    Hypotension refers to low blood pressure, where the force of blood pushing against your arteries determines the amount of flow to the brain.  

    Sandalwood helps regulate blood-flow to an optimal level thanks to a hypotensive agent found in the wood.

    Antiviral and Antiseptic

    Sandalwood can also be used to reduce skin irritation and inflammation, like pimples and warts.  

    If you suffer from cold sores, try applying a diluted dose of sandalwood essential oil in the early stages for a natural fix!

    Natural air freshener

    If you’re looking for a chemical-free alternative to air fresheners, then sandalwood is a great choice.  

    Take the heavenly scent of this fragrant wood, throw in the physical and mental benefits, and you’ve got yourself an all-in-one spiritual cleanser.

    do the right thing

    Sandalwood trees need to be at least 15 years old for optimal levels of fragrance oils to generate in the wood. Sadly, over-exploitation on the Indian subcontinent has led to a decline in production over the years. This is why it is extremely important to only buy ethically sourced and sustainable sandalwood incense and oils.  

    Australia is now the world’s largest supplier of Indian sandalwood, with over 80% grown in the far north of Western Australia.

    When you shop at The Hippie House, you can be assured that we only offer ethically sourced products, and our sandalwood incense and oils are no exception.

    Browse our selection to enhance your life with sandalwood’s amazing benefits today!

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    If you have any questions about sandalwood incense sticks and their benefits, feel free to reach out to our friendly support team!

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