Sandalwood Chips - Red


Botanical Name: Pterocarpus santalinus

Common Name:

  • English:  Red Sandalwood, Red Sanders
  • Ayurvedic: Raktachandana, Raktasaara
  • Unani: Sandal Surkh
  • Also, known as:  Shivappu chandanam, Laal Chandanam, Chandan, Raktanga, Kaudracndana, Raktasara, Sandale, Sandal Ahmar, Raktachandana, Red Sanders, Red Sandal Wood, Ratanjali, Lalchandan, Raktachandanam, Lalchandan, Raktha Chandanam, Rakta Chandanam, Rakta Chandana, Lal Chandan, Senchandanam, Erra Chandanamu, Sandal Surkh, Pterocarpi lignum, Santalum rubrum, Lignum rubrum, Red sandalwood, Rubywood, Rasura santalum ligni, Red santal wood, Sappan

Origin: Cameroon

Harvested:  Wild & cultivated

Parts Used: Wood                                                              

General Information:

A tree of 20 to 30 feet high, covered with rough bark resembling that of the common alder, and bearing spikes of yellow flowers. Plantations have been formed for its cultivation in southern India, where it is very rare. The name santalinus refers to its name of red sandalwood, which all its Indian titles signify, though it bears no relationship to santalum. It is imported, usually from Ceylon, in the form of irregular logs or billets, without bark and sapwood, and about 3 to 5 feet in length. They are heavy, dense, reddish or blackish brown outside, and, if cut transversely, a deep blood-red inside, variegated with zones of a lighter red color. In pharmacy the wood is in the form of chips, rasping, or coarse red powder. When rubbed, the wood has a faint peculiar odor, but is otherwise odorless, with a slight, astringent taste.

How to use:   

Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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