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Santalum album - Anindita

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Anindita ,Santalum album, Indian sandalwood

Santalum album is a small tropical tree and it is widely cultivated and long lived, although harvest is viable after 40 years.


Skin diseases, Swelling, Inflammation, Itching, Eczema, Acne, Bronchitis, Headache, Fever, Gastric, Chronic cough, Scabies.

Parts Used

Fruits, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

Many fragrant constituents and biologically active components, such as alpha- and beta-santalol, cedrol, esters, aldehydes, phytosterols, and squalene were present in the pericarp oils. This is the first report of the volatile composition of the pericarps of any Santalum species.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Agarugandha, Bavanna
Hindi Chandan
Malayalam Chandanam, Chandana-mutti
Tamil Anukkam, Asam
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Anindita, Arishta-phalam
English Sandalwood, Indian sandalwood


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Madhura (Sweet)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)


Sheeta (cold)


Katu (Pungent)


Kapha, Vata



Small tree



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate Leaf Shape is Elliptic-ovate to lanceolate



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Brownish-purple 5-20 In axillary and terminal paniculate cymes and Flowering from December-April


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Globose drupe 7–10 mm Fruiting throughout the year Beaked with basal part of the style, dark black when ripe. - {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Seed beds of 3 ½ ft. width and 30ft length are prepared with one part sand and 2part mud and one part dry cowdung.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tall grasslands, Meadows, Borders of forests and fields.

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