Sandalwood is an integral part of Indian culture and tradition. It is sacred, medicinal and aromatic. Historically, we always harvested sandalwood from forests. Today, deforestation and exponential demand for sandalwood has made sandalwood an endangered tree species. India is currently importing small amounts of sandalwood from other countries. Therefore, commercial cultivation of sandalwood is very much needed for the present and future sandalwood market demand. Today, a few Australian companies grow Indian sandalwood on a commercial basis and export it to the world market. There is a high demand for sandalwood in India and the world over. It will continue to grow because almost all forest sources of sandalwood are fast getting depleted.  Sandalwood as part of integrated multi-crop farming system is sustainable and financially rewarding.

sandal-woodWhat is Indian sandalwood?

Sandalwood or Santalum album is a tropical, oil-bearing tree, known for its medicinal and aromatic fragrant properties. It has been processed and traded since ancient times and was considered as precious as gold. Sandalwood is world’s most valuable tree and is nearing extinction in the wild forests.

What are sandalwood products?

 dropPure Oil

Steam-distilled essential oil that’s ideal for pharmaceutical, fragrances, cosmetics and aromatherapy. By products like terpenes and resins produced during the steam distillation of pure sandalwood oil for perfumes, attars and incense etc.

 wood-powderWood Powder

Powdered heartwood used in cosmetics and traditional medicine.  The wood that remains after oil extraction used to make incense.

 medTraditional medicine

Indian Sandalwood has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda. It is used for a wide range of conditions including bronchitis, skin conditions and stress.


The medicinal properties of sandalwood make it a preferred cosmetic ingredient.


Sandalwood makes a perfume last longer. It is a classical fragrance ingredient: majority of quality perfumes contain sandalwood oil.


Indian sandalwood oil known for anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-proliferative properties.  It is increasingly becoming popular in pharmaceuticals.

 agarWorship & Carvings

In India Wood and powder are used for many daily religious rituals, tilak as well as events like weddings. Heartwood is used in small and large carvings. These carvings are used for worship, artistry and investment.

 Benefits of Agriculture with Indian sandalwood?

The number of wild sandalwood forests on the decline. The demand for the product is increasing like never before. Today, sandalwood farms serve to offer a sustainable and legal source of sandalwood.  They are a potential source of sandalwood oil while developing products that need a good quality of oil. A price-consistent supply will help limit volatility in price as compared to products sourced from the wild. Buyers can also rely on the purity of professionally grown and processed sandalwood products. This is a good way to produce sandalwood as there will be strict quality controls measures. Such environmentally friendly and socially responsible sandalwood production will limit the impact on the environment. The number of wild sandalwood forests on the declines, the demand for the product is ever increasing. Agriculture with Sandalwood  would provide sustainable & legal source of sandalwood.  Other benefits include: Reliable supply:  to develop products using this high-quality oil. Stable market Price: consistent supply will help limit volatility in price as compared to wild sourced products.  Purity :Buyers can rely on a purity of a professionally grown & processed sandalwood products. Improved & quality control: products can be produced under strict Quality Controls. Environment: Socially responsible, Eco-friendly sandalwood production with limited impact on the environment.

How do we cultivate sandalwood trees?

Indian Sandalwood is a semi-root parasite that relies on host trees partially for its sustenance. We use selective breeding methods and natural forestry management procedures comprising silviculture and horticulture hosts to produce larger trees. Ultimately, greater yields of heartwood and oil with the help of productive host trees, which provide water and nutrients essential to the growth of sandalwood. Our experts with experience in soil, agronomy and horticulture have developed sandalwood cultivation systems for host tree management, tree breeding and irrigation.  We have achieved more than 98% survival rates after planting. The cultivations have delivered greater growth rates and yields. We are 100% natural and are certified as organic.

How long do sandalwood trees take to grow?

Sandalwood is a long-term crop requiring around 15 years of intensive and specialized cultivation. It is now proved that commercial growers around the world, under the cultivation guidelines of Dr. H.S. Anantha Padmanabha and with good host tree management (ensuring maximum tree nutrition intake) methods, can reach commercial maturity within 13-16 years. This also needs specialized irrigation, nutrient and inter-crop management.