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WHITE SANDALWOOD

Other Names:

Ananditam, Bois de Santal Blanc, Bois de Santal Jaune, Chandan, Chandana, East Indian Sandalwood, Huile de Santal Blanc, Oil of Sandalwood, Safed-Chandan, Sandal Tree, Sándalo, Sanderswood, Santal, Santal Blanc, Santal Citrin, Santali Lignum Alb...
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WHITE SANDALWOOD Overview
WHITE SANDALWOOD Uses
WHITE SANDALWOOD Side Effects
WHITE SANDALWOOD Interactions
WHITE SANDALWOOD Dosing
WHITE SANDALWOOD Overview Information

White sandalwood is an evergreen tree. The oil from the wood and the wood are used as medicine. Don’t confuse white sandalwood with red sandalwood.

White sandalwood is used for treating the common cold, cough, bronchitis, fever, and sore mouth and throat. It is also used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), liver disease, gallbladder problems, heatstroke, gonorrhea, headache, and conditions of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease).

In food and beverages, white sandalwood is used as a flavoring.

In manufacturing, white sandalwood oil is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes.

How does it work?

White sandalwood might help prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria. It might reduce spasms. But more information is needed.

WHITE SANDALWOOD Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white sandalwood for these uses.


WHITE SANDALWOOD Side Effects & Safety

White sandalwood is safe in food amounts. But it might be UNSAFE when used as medicine for longer than 6 weeks. There have been reports of kidney damage with prolonged use.

When taken by mouth, white sandalwood can cause itching, nausea, stomach upset, and blood in the urine.

Not enough is known about the safety of applying white sandalwood to the skin in amounts greater than those contained in cosmetics. Contact with white sandalwood can cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to take white sandalwood in greater-than-food amounts if you are pregnant. There have been reports of miscarriages.

It’s also best to avoid using white sandalwood if you are breast-feeding. There isn’t enough information to know if it’s safe for the nursing infant.

Kidney disease: Don’t use white sandalwood if you have kidney problems. It might make kidney disease worse.

WHITE SANDALWOOD Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Lithium interacts with WHITE SANDALWOOD

    White sandalwood might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking white sandalwood might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.


WHITE SANDALWOOD Dosing

The appropriate dose of white sandalwood depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for white sandalwood. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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