Sacred Sandalwood is Indian sandalwood that has been used for thousands of years - it was a favorite of Cleopatra.  It was used in Ancient China in a medicinal capacity.  In Tibet it is used during meditation for its ability to calm the mind while remaining alert.  It was over harvested and nearly became extinct, and much of the sandalwood that is sold today is adulterated because of its scarcity. In 1999 original Santalum album seeds were planted in Australia at Young Living's partner farm, Kununurra - 5.2 million trees were planted of genetically pure Indian Sandalwood.  These trees must be at least 15 years old before they can be harvested.

Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood from Hawaii also reached the brink of extinction when a reforestation project was undertaken by Young Living's Organically Certified partner farm in Hawaii, which chose to become a partner farm with Young Living because of Gary Young's commitment to Seed to Seal and sustainable farming.   Royal Hawaiian sandalwood trees are not logged and harvested, but rather they harvest the dead trees because they produce more oil.  Every time a dead tree is harvested new saplings are planted and a blessing is chanted over each one. 

To read more about a Tale of Two Sandalwoods, as well as to get some recipes and ideas on how to use each of these delightful oils - click on the Sway presentation below and scroll through.  Share the link and spread the knowledge!

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