True Sandalwood oil may be one of the most precious substances on earth.
The essential oil distilled from the heartwood of the endangered Santalum album tree has been prized by yogis and maharajas since ancient times, for its profound effects on harmonizing the mind and subtle bodies, as well as enlivening the spirit.
Sandalwood is renown for its nervine, moisturizing, soothing and cooling properties. Ayurveda considers it to be an excellent Pitta reducing tonic. It helps to clarify the mind, awaken intelligence, and is often used as an aid in deepening meditative states of being.
Anointing oneself at the Ajna chakra before any pranayama, asana or meditation practice helps to soothe stress and nervous tension, uplift the mood and focus the mind toward the practice at hand, so the utmost spiritual benefit can be derived.