Health Benefits of Chandan
Sandal wood is described as bitter, cooling, astringent, and useful in biliousness, vomiting, fever, thirst and heat of body. An emulsion of the wood is used as a cooling application to the skin in erysipelas, prurigo and sudamina.
Dose of Chandan in Medicine
2 tolas of the watery emulsion of sandal wood, with the addition of sugar, honey and rice-water is given to check gastric irritability and dysentery, and to relieve thirst and heat of body.
Various Use of Chandan
The use of sandal wood in carving and the elegant and fragrant articles made from it are very famous. The Hindus use an emulsion of the wood in the worship of their idols and for painting or anointing their bodies after bathing. Rich natives sometimes use sandal wood for burning their dead relatives. Rich or poor, all add at least one piece of the wood to the funeral pile.
The essential oil of Chandan obtained by distillation from the heart-wood and roots is of a pale yellow colour and has a peculiar fragrant smell. It is much used as a perfume by the Hindus both for themselves and for their idols. In Odisha, it is a practice with the better classes to rub a little sandal oil in the spices which they take with their betel-leaf.
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