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<_ftnref1>Photo from: Andelo Facundo
L. Santalumalba, Eng white sandalwood, white sanders. White sandalwood, as it relatives, is a small tree, 20-30’ high, found mainly in India. It has oval leaves and small white flowers. The wood was used in cookery for its fragrance instead of aromatics, burned as incense and was drunk in infusions. The oil has been used to treat various diseases, as it is an astringent, disinfectant, expectorant, diuretic and stimulant. It is prescribed especially for bronchitis, inflammations, reducing fever and cleansing the blood.

The Anón Al-Andalus provides a recipe for an electuary of red sandalwood made with rosewater, sugar, bamboo shoots and rosewater. The author maintains that it reduced fever cause be jaundice, cut thirst, fortifies the liver, stomach and other organs. Further, after distilling the wood, it was used in soap, incense, candles, and potpourri, the odor, of which, lasts for years. See Idrisi, Al-. 

[Anón/Huici. 1965:496:271; ES: Alchemy. n/d; ES: “Herb.” 1988-2000; and Nola/Pérez. 1994:209]

See blog titled "Itericia," published June 12, 2013 for the Anón Al-Andalus recipe #496 for "How to Make Sandalwood Syrup ."

[1] Magnolia × alba, commonly known as the White Champaca, White Sandalwood, or White Jade Orchid Tree.

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