Description & Uses : Red sandalwood is a tree. The wood at the center of the trunk (heartwood) is used as medicine.
In manufacturing, red sandalwood is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.
Red Sandalwood, Pterocarpus santalinus, is not related to White Sandalwood. It is a rich red color, and is used as an incense base wood even though it has very little fragrance of its own. I use it when I want a Martial influence in a blend, and for the nice red color.
Magickally, Red Sandalwood is used for protection, strength, power and lust. It is also used to enhance psychic powers and for meditation. Red Sandalwood also has many herbal healing applications, so it would be an appropriate addition to healing incenses as well. It has little smell, so use it whenever you want to redden your mixture.
Characteristics : Red Sandalwood has traditionally been used as an astringent, disinfectant, or diuretic, but recently it is used as a natural dye to color herbal mixtures and toothpaste and has become one of the most popular natural dyes used today. A decoction of the wood may be helpful for indidigestion and fever and externally for skin problems, especially those of bacterial origin.