Sandalwood (Santalum album), referred to as “Aloes” in our scripture, was, as in the text below, combined with myrrh to be used for embalming.
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I'm sure the sandalwood was more beneficial to the mourners than the simple act of preserving the body, unlike the formaldehyde we use in burial practices today. Both sandalwood and myrrh were costly herbs, so this practice was reserved for the most prestigious.
Sandalwood essential oil has been used for centuries for improving conditions of the skin. In fact, you will find it listed in many of our skin care products!
Today, studies have provided encouraging data on sandalwood's ability to inhibit some types of “bad” cells from multiplying.
The Spiritual Connection: Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil contains a 90% concentration of sesquiterpenes – the fourth highest of all essential oils! I've read that sesquiterpenes have the unique ability to erase incorrect information in cellular memory. Isn't that exciting?
I believe that that would be highly helpful when giving our burdens over to the Lord and allowing His presence to fill that void, don't you agree?
7 Benefits and Uses for Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Encourages the natural release of melatonin to enhance sleep
- Aid in the removal of negative programming at the cellular level
- Aid in balancing female emotions during the cycle
- Emotionally grounding and stabilizing during times of emotional and mental stress
- Beneficial in overcoming anger, co-dependency, and fear
- Elicit feelings of confidence and romance
- Preparation for the “born again” experience where the Holy Spirit changes our heart of stone to a heart of flesh