Sandalwood (Santalum album) has an exotic, soft, woody scent. It is spiritually grounding and has a calming influence on the mind and emotions. Sandalwood essential oil is very useful in skin care to moisturize dry, chapped cracked skin, soothe irritation and improve tone and complexion. It was traditionally thought to be disinfecting and was used as incense in cleansing rituals to purify the air. Today Sandalwood is believed to boost the immune system, relieve respiratory issues, relax nerves and muscles to ease spasms, cramping and tension. Sandalwood is an endangered species.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has a sweet minty-fresh aroma which is mentally stimulating. It is restorative and invigorating, can help relieve stress and nervous tension, aid concentration, fight fatigue and jet lag. Wonderful for its cooling properties, Spearmint essential oil can provide relief from headaches as well as digestive complaints like nausea, cramping and indigestion. Its properties are similar to Peppermint but gentler, making it suitable for use with children.