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.
- Mental alertness. Early research suggests that inhaling fragrance from white sandalwood oil for 20 minutes or applying white sandalwood oil to the skin does not improve mental alertness or attentiveness in healthy individuals.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- Common cold.
- Sore mouth and throat.
- Liver and gallbladder problems.
- Other conditions.
WHITE SANDALWOOD Side Effects & Safety
White sandalwood is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in food amounts. But it is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth as a 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 LIKELY UNSAFE to take white sandalwood by mouth in greater-than-food amounts if you are pregnant. There have been reports of miscarriages.
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking white sandalwood if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Kidney disease: Don’t use white sandalwood if you have kidney problems. It might make kidney disease worse.
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.