Sandalwood album (Latin: Santalum album), also known as Indian sandalwood or white sandalwood) and the sandalwood oil it contains have a history that goes back thousands of years. It has always been a much sought-after treasure.
Traditionally, more than one billion people worldwide - in particular in Buddhism and Hinduism - use and value sandalwood for a wide variety of applications in culture, cosmetics and medicine. The tree is sacred and worshipped in India as a king tree.
Its popularity stems fromits irresistible aromatic fragrance and therapeutic properties thatwere already documented in Ayurvedic medicine 4,000 years agoand by Traditional Chinese Medicine 1,500 years ago.
However, the supply of Indian sandalwood in its native home is incredibly scarce and the tree is threatened with extinction. Our Australian partner Quintis has managed to sustainably cultivate Indian sandalwood on plantations in quantities of commercial significance so that a new supply for the world market has been created.We own part of these plantations.
Are there other types of sandalwood?
Sandalwood album is a medium-sized, evergreen hardwood tree of the Santalaceae family (sandalwood plants) that grows up to 20 meters tall. Sandalwood trees are found mainly in India, Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Southern Africa and some Pacific islands. India has the greatest abundance of wild Indian sandalwood in the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The Santalaceae family includes 15 other Sandalwood tree species worldwide, most of which contain essential oil. However, the oil content and quality can vary greatly from species to species.
The Indian sandalwood tree is by far of the highest quality and most valuable among them.
There are trees, such as Amyris, the West Indian ‘sandalwood’ from Haiti,that also containessential oil and are traded as sandalwood, but these are not biologically,sandalwood
Composition of sandalwood oil
Sandalwood album oil is a complex mixture of so-called low-molecular compounds obtained through the steam distillation of sandalwood (heartwood). The main components are two isomers (alpha and beta santaloles), that together make up about 70% of the oil.
Pharmaceutically pure Sandalwood Album Oilby Quintis
Sandalwood Album Oil is produced to internationally recognized GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)from sustainably grown sandalwood trees and complies with the International ISO Specification for Indian sandalwood oil.
Quintis is the global leader in ethical responsibility towards mankind and the environment and has received numerous awards for its agricultural and manufacturing practices. The company appliesstandards ISO 14.001 (environment), 9.001 (quality) and AS / NZ 4.801 (health and safety).
The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) only approves pharmaceutical-grade sandalwood oil for use in pivotal clinical trials. Sandalwood Album Oil from Quintis meets these high quality standards worldwide.
Species protection through Sandalwood Album Oil
India strictly limits the export of its wild sandalwood. Despite this, it often arrives on the market –again and again through illegal routes. This iswhy Indian sandalwood has been considered an endangered species for many years. The International Union for the Conservation of Naturetherefore welcomes the sustainable cultivation of Sandalwood album in Australia as it helps reduce the depletion of wild tree populations in India allowing them to recover.
Sustainable cultivation in tropical northern Australia
Sandalwood is a hemiparasitic tree. That is, it absorbs nutrients through a host. Our seedlings gets their first hosts in our nursery. We cultivate further host trees which are perfectly adapted forthe various stages of growth until harvest after about 15 years onour plantations. This means that we create not only amixed forest that isoptimized for the healthy growth of the sandalwood tree, but also a new home for the animal world through reforestation.
The plantations are all located in the tropical north of Australia, where the necessary climate, soil quality and sufficient water sources are available.