Sandalwood Essential Oil Queensland – Santalum lanceolatum – grows in the dry climates of north/central Queensland which is a vast harvest area. The management of the resource is undertaken by the Queensland Government to operate and annual quota system for licensed harvesters making a very sustainable resource.
When the trees are harvested the bark and sap are removed, this accounts for about 50% of the harvested weight and the ‘heartwood’ left after this process is used to extract the oil. The heartwood is chipped and then placed in distillation vessels where the steam distillation process takes around 1 week to deliver a high quality sandalwood oil for the fine fragrance and aromatherapy markets. The oil is not a woody as traditional sandalwood oils and has a nice citrus after note which is very refreshing.
The wood is also prized for carving as the natural grain and softer nature of the wood makes it easier to form the grain being even and rich in colour.
Sandalwood Essential Oil Queensland is limited to around 800t per annum and it’s traditional use has been the carving and incense markets. It is only in the past 4 or 5 years that the oil has started to establish itself and joined the other sandalwood’s for its prized aroma and colour. It also has a known history for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties similar to its cousin in Western Australia, though it’s presence of farnasol is less. However, the oil is popular as people get to know its qualities, giving a lovely addition to cosmetic oils, creams and serums.
Experience it in an aromatherapy massage oil or vapourise to relax and un-wind in the evening.