Sandalwood is a fragrant tree which has been used to scent incense for over 4,000 years. Its botanical name is the Santalum Album and it belongs to the Santalaceae family. The sandal tree grows almost exclusively in the forests of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and the Timor islands of Indonesia. The tree grows between 12-15 meters tall and reaches full maturity in 60-80 years. The oil of the tree, which is extracted for its fragrance, take 15-20 years to mature.
The Sandalwood family is a group of nearly 400 species of plants, shrubs, and trees living in tropical and temperate zones. They often One particular species of sandalwood, Santalum album or the Sandalwood Tree, is well known for the distinctive scent given off by its wood. The fragrant wood is often used as a material for carving. The oil in the tree that gives off the scent is also often used in perfumes, soaps, candles, and massage oils. In the ancient Middle East and Asia, the strong and long-lasting fragrance of the sandalwood tree was in high demand and the oil was used as an insect repellant, anxiety aid, and anointing oil, among other uses.
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