Sanskrit writers describe several varieties of sandal or Chandana. Of these Srikhanda or white, Pitachandana or yellow, and Raktachandana or red sandal wood are best known. The first two varieties are founded on the difference in the shades of the colour of the wood of Santalum Album. Both sandal wood and red sandal wood are rubbed on a piece of stone with water, and the emulsions are used for painting the body after bathing and in Hindu religious services.
Health Benefits of Raktachandana
Red sandal wood is described as an astringent tonic. It enters into the composition of numerous prescriptions of an astringent character and of cooling external applications for inflammation, headache, etc., but is seldom used alone. It is also much used as a coloring agent in the preparation of medicated oils.
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