Botanical Name: Pterocarpus santalinus
- 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
Harvested: Wild & cultivated
Parts Used: Wood
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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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