Product: Sandalwood, Red
Latin Name: Pterocarpus santalinus
Plant Family: Fabaceae
Other Names: Rubywood, Red Saunders, Red Saunderswood, Almug, Algum, Red Santal Wood, Rakta Chandana, Chandan, Lalchandan, Zitan, Sándalo Rojo, Bois de Santal Rouge & Sappan.
Description: Red sandalwood is a deciduous tree native of South India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines which grows to a height of 8-10 metres. The alternate, trifoliate leaves are 3-9cm in length, glossy, dark green in colour with 3 leaflets that are elliptical with fine hairs on the underside. The bright yellow flowers are produced in short terminal racemes or panicles.
Brief History: Red sandalwood has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries as an antiseptic and wound-healer. The wood is sacred to Brahma, the Hindu God of creation and blessed by Lakshmi the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity, fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.
SUGGESTED USERed sandalwood is used as a dye, as such it was once used by apothecaries to colour medicines such as tinctures, and it is also used as an aromatic component in incense making.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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