Sandalwood Essential Oil West Australian – Santalum spicatum is a wild native Sandalwood tree found growing in the desert and drier climates of Western Australia.
New plantations, approximately 20,000 hectares, have been planted in the historic harvest area known as the WA Wheatbelt where the tree was harvested almost out of existence back in the 1800’s. Sandawood is a parasite so the hosts, mainly Acacia acuminata are planted one year before the sandalwood so as to become established in order to support their sandalwood, making good growing partners.
WA Sandalwood has been sustainably harvested since the passing of the WA Sandalwood Act back in the late 1920’s to conserve this valuable resource. The trees are harvested by removing the whole tree as the roots contain valuable oil. So not to alarm those who are conscious of sustainable land management, once the wild trees are harvested, 12 seeds are planted to ensure continuous growth of this precious plant. In the desert, sandalwood will extend its root systems to latch on to species in its vicinity, taking advantage of the nutrients from that plant.
Embedded into Western Australian history, Indigenous Australians have used Sandalwood for many years for its medicinal and spiritual benefits with much anecdotal evidence documented. With the traditional knowledge of its health benefits, there is ongoing medical research targeting the benefits of Sandalwood oil for medicinal use. Sandalwood poultices were used by the Aboriginals to heal wounds.
Sandalwood Essential Oil West Australian has an interesting story and played an important role in the history of economic development in Western Australia. Sandalwood has been harvested from the late 1840’s, the oil is exported to Europe, North America, India and China. The oil has always brought a high price, nicknamed ‘liquid gold’ due to its value in consumer applications.
In July 2017, a new joint venture partnership was formed with WASP, the world’s largest WA Sandalwood plantation company and current members of the Martu and Wongi nomads of the Gibson Desert. The new joint venture company, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils built and then opened it’s new facility in West Kalgoorlie in December 2017.
“Sandalwood is more than a holy sacred plant to the Martu and Wongi; it is part of our soul and a key link to our spiritual identity” states Darren Farmer, Chairman of the Dutjahn Custodians.
Heritage Oils is a proud stockist of this Indigenous produced WA Sandalwood oil – simply the best sandalwood essential oil available.