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Sandal (Chandan)

Also known as

sandal
Latin : Santalum album

English : Sandal

Sanskrit : Candanah

Hindi : Chandan

Marathi : Chandan

Tamil : Chandanam

Telugu : Chandanam

Malayalam : Chandanam

Kannada : Srigandadamara

"That which delights" is the meaning of the Sanskrit word chandana



RED SANDAL—Pterocarpus santalinus Santanal 90% in sandal oil. How it looks—It is a medium sized evergreen tree, with slender drooping branches and yellowish brown heartwood which is highly scented.

What we use—Heartwood

What it does—It is deodorant, demulcent, cosmetic and coolant.

How we use it

In menorrhagia, white vaginal discharge, spermatorrhoea, difficulty in urination, chronic thirst—Take the decoction of the heartwood of sandal to cool the system and arrest excessive fluid discharges.

In allergic rashes, burning sensation, headaches, jaundice, hyperacidity, discolourations, chronic cough.—As a soothing and cooling application sandal enjoys a special place especially in tropical countries such as ours.lt is a very well known cosmetic as it tones and clears the skin.

In hiccups—Take the decoction of sandal internally and instill a few drops in the nostrils.

In eye disorders—Paste chandan with a few drops of breastmilk and instill the same in the eyes to reduce inflammations and tone the eyes.

WHITE SANDAL

How it looks—It is a medium sized evergreen tree with slender drooping branches and dark grey to brownish black bark which have vertical cracks. The flowers are brownish purple or violet in colour and the fruits are rounded purplish-black drupes with hard seeds. The heart wood is light yellowish brown when fresh, and turns dark reddish brown on exposure, having a characteristic deep fragrance.

What we use—Heartwood

What it does—Aromatic, deodorant, disinfectant, refrigerant, cardiotonic, intellect promoting, diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, aphrodisiac, haemostatic, antipyretic, restorative and tonic.

How we use it

In prickly heat—To steer clear of prickly heat and to keep the body cool in summer, apply a paste of sandal over the body especially in hot, sweaty areas like forehead, armpits, groins, back etc. It prevents excessive sweating by contracting the pores.

In headaches—Apply a thin layer of sandal paste and camphor over the temples to relieve throbbing pain.

In fevers—A paste of pachakarpooram or edible camphor and sandal is applied over the body to reduce temperature.

In dysuria—Make a decoction of sandal powder and drink a glass twice a day to facilitate urination and soothe accompanying burning sensation and pain.

In blood accompanying urine—A combination of sandal and madder (manjith) is good in reddish urination.

In spermatorrhoea—Sandal powder should be mixed with a decoction of Arjuna bark and taken everyday to prevent spermatorrhoea.

In menorrhagea and white discharge—A tsp of sandal powder is mixed in a glass of milk with ghee, honey and sugar and taken twice a day to correct heavy menstrual flow.

In diarrhoea and dysentery—Mix a tsp of sandal powder in rice wash along with honey and sugar to arrest loose motions and accompanying bleeding.

In all allergic rashes and discolourations—The sandal paste should be applied regularly to discolourations while a single application may suffice to soothe a rash or itching eruptions.

In hiccups—Mix a pinch of sandal in breastmilk and instill a few drops in the nose to control hiccups.

In jaundice and hyperacidity—The decoction of sandal wood should be taken from time to time as a coolant and to flush out toxins.

Modern Studies

chandan
1. The aqueous extract of the bark exhibited antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

2. Sandal powder, as a Siddha drug was clinically tried on non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus patients in New Delhi. A significant fall in blood sugar levels was observed after 45 days of treatment.

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