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Sandalwood- Damages Due To Excess Harvesting

Sandalwood has been constituted a part of spiritual and religious traditions of India since prehistory. However, the history of the sandalwood tree goes much further and this tree is the divine essence. On the west, Sandalwood oil is possibly the best recognized as a woody, rich, warm and sweet essential oil utilised as a constituent in fragrant products like aftershaves, perfumes, incense and other cosmetics, and as for a body fragrance. Sandalwood tree has efficiently been utilized in traditional methods of medicine for several years.

Nowadays, sandalwood essential oil is in a great demand and the tree is dwindling due to increase in its harvesting. This has led to various unfavourable results:

  • Sandalwood oil is one of the most-often inferior essential oils.
  • The price/rate of the sandalwood essential oil is increasing in a dramatic manner. Nearly, it is about 25 percent every year.
  • Because of the importance of sandal oil, various persons are cutting the sandal trees in an illegal manner. This is resulting in demolish of this valuable resource. The roots of sandalwood are the most precious and valuable part of the sandal tree as oil is extracted from the roots. Also, the illegal poaching of the trees has led to various crimes and forestry official murders indicating the black market.
  • The Sandalwood tree is becoming rare due to increase in its harvesting. The present production of the sandal trees is not sufficient to meet the customer’s demand. It is very difficult to grow and propagate for the sandal trees and have to develop for at least thirty years to become appropriate for harvesting. Due to the increasing harvesting of these trees in India, the forestry departments are managing the amount of cut and sold material.

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