Chandan: Sandalwood kills gonorrhoea germs, other STD bacteria
By Syed Akbar
Chandan. The very name creates around us an aura of divine aroma and blissful fragrance.
No ritual in several religions is complete without the application of Chandan or burning of Chandan sticks toinvoke the Divine Grace. Chandan or the Indian sandalwood is a native of the Indian sub-continent and is presently confined to the peninsular India. It is an endangered plant species and protected plant. Nevertheless, Chandan has been in use for centuries and ancient Ayurvedic texts refer to its medicinal and curative properties. The sandalwoodgets its unique fragrance thanks to the presence of an essential oil, scientifically called santalol. Chandan can consumed internally or applied on the body externally. In both ways, it has its own curative and healing properties. Chandan has always been considered to be a natural medicine to treat a myriadof skin diseases, including those transmitted sexually. It is the best bet in treating gonorrhoea. Modern life has taken a heavy toll of the Indian traditions. Remember those days when grandmas used to apply sandal paste to stomach and forehead of crying babies and infants. This would providethem relief from pain and itching. Another old family recipe is application of sandal paste on face to treatpimples and blackheads. The grandma's medicinal recipe still holds good. Application of sandal paste on the forehead will give relief from high temperature and resultant headache. It also tones up the skin texture, controllingpimples and blackhead formation. It's okay with the sandal paste. But when it comes to the use of pure chandan oil, make sure that it is diluted. Pure chandan oil is generally not recommended by practitioners of herbal medicine. ============= Home remedies ------------- Those suffering from the notorious gonorrhoea may take sandal pills (prepared from sandal powder and milk). This will give relief from gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted disease. Prepare a little quantity of decoction from sandalwood and consume it for relief from stomach problems, particularlyindigestion. Those conscious of beauty may try herbal packs of pure chandan. Apply a little quantity of chandan paste on face and gently massage it. You will get a glowing and youthful skin. A paste of sandalwood and rose water is also recommended for a healthy skin. This will keep off summer skin eruptions. It is also good to treat freckles, those melanin concentrated spots on theface and other parts of the body. For immediate relief from eczema, you may apply a little sandal paste mixed with camphor. Sandal paste with coconut oil will also work.