Sandalwood | 白檀

It is one of the raw materials for incense, and is read as "BYAKUDAN".

It is one of the raw materials for incense. Sandalwood is a semi-parasitic evergreen tree in the Pyrethrum family.

Sandalwood is a semi-parasitic evergreen tree of the Pyrethrum family, and the yellowish-white heartwood of the trunk and roots is used. It is used not only as a core material for many incense mixtures, but also for its fragrance and excellent insect repellency, and is widely used for Buddhist statues, art sculptures, fans, prayer beads, etc. It is said to have been added to the Shosoin treasures.

It is said that it takes 30 years for good quality sandalwood to grow, and sandalwood from Mysore (southern part of India) is considered to be the highest quality and is called Laoshan sandalwood.

Attributes: Heartwood of the trunk and roots
Place of origin: India, Indonesia
Characteristics: sweet, classic, elegant

Photo courtesy: OSAGAWA NISABUROU SHOTEN

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